Damian Lillard on Colin Kaepernick and athletes using their platform

The Portland Trailblazers star speaks on sports and protest.

When he's not playing point guard for the Portland Trailblazers, Damian Lillard can be heard behind the mic as Dame D.O.L.L.A., a quick-witted MC who raps about his upbringing in Oakland and his path to a better life.

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During a recent visit to The FADER offices, Lillard sat down to discuss the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic injustice in the NFL, the league's refusal to sign Colin Kaepernick, and the differences in how athletes use their platforms in the NBA.

Lillard's sophomore album CONFIRMED — featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and more — is out now.

Damian Lillard on Colin Kaepernick and athletes using their platform