Kevin Durant is 100 percent behind Colin Kaepernick

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Kevin Durant has decided to weigh in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy.

The new Golden State Warriors star said he supports Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem becaus

e the 49ers quarterback is advocating for something he is passionate about.

“I’m behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in,” Durant said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “Colin Kaepernick is standing up for what he believes in. That’s what makes our country so great, right? You have the luxury to do so. He was unapologetic about it and, in his defense, I don’t think he was trying to disrespect anyone. I think he was trying to get his point across.

"I’m all for anyone who wants to do that. As athletes, we have this huge platform. A lot of people are watching at all times. Sometimes it may not be what you do, they like. But if you feel like it’s gonna be impactful, that’s on you. I feel like everyone should stand up for what they believe.”

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Durant's comments follow teammate Stephen Curry telling CNBC Asia last week he “applauded” Kaepernick’s stand.

Kaepernick's 49ers teammate Eric Reid, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe have all gotten behind the movement, kneeling during the anthem before recent games.