Meyers Leonard explains why he stood for national anthem — and why his teammates embraced him

Leonard, who is from rural Robinson, Ill., and played collegiate ball at the University of Illinois, dealt with anxiety and sleeplessness for several days as he agonized over the decision. He explained his reasoning before Saturday to current teammates and several former ones, almost all of them Black — then stood near midcourt, hand over his heart, as the song blared.