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Spurs fans cheer as players, coaches stand and link arms after national anthem

Spurs fans cheer as players, coaches stand and link arms during national anthem on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs started the season with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but many people are now talking about what the players did before the game. The Spurs, current and former players and coaches, linked arms after standing for the national anthem, prompting an eruption of cheers inside the AT&T Center.

On the jumbotron above the court, a video statement highlighted issues such as social justice, freedom of speech and equal opportunity.

After the game, Coach Gregg Popovich thanked the fans at the AT&T Center for their reaction to Spurs' statement.

"I want to congratulate our fans for the way they reacted at the beginning of the game after the national anthem was played," he said. "They obviously also buy into the messages that was sent up in the jumbotron. And I'm so proud to be in this city, where you have fans that understand that, that it's important for everybody. So, kudos to our fans."

In recent weeks, some NFL players sparked controversy when they took a knee during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at various games.

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