The Duke basketball team wore t-shirts that read ‘EQUALITY’ during warm-ups against reigning Division II national champions Northwest Missouri State:
Mike Krzyzewski has, in the past, been critical politically, speaking out against North Carolina’s bathroom bill in 2016.
“There’s a lot of mixed messages about standing before the game. All of our guys want to stand,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. “We wanted to make sure that the equality shirt stood for one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
“It’s what our program and our school is about. That’s what we want our country to be. That’s why we stand in reverence to the men and women who served our country, protected those rights. But also, for every race, every gender, every religion. That’s what our country is about. We wanted to initially let everyone know, when we stand, that’s what we stand for. We don’t have to wear it all the time, but tonight we did because it’s the first time this group stood together.”
Duke is the preseason No. 1 team in the country.