After President Donald Trump stirred up controversy in the sports world, over his objection to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, one athlete is speaking up… via a new song.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo delivers a powerful statement as the NBA heads into the preseason with a new uplifting single, titled “Rope a Dope” featuring 2 Chainz.
His second single is about persevering through hardship, while offering a symbolic meaning in the wake of Trump’s comments against athletes protesting the National Anthem.
Oladipo, however, says the song is about bringing people together. “I wanted to address what was going on and bring awareness to it, but in a positive manner. I want people to feel inspired and motivated to be great, and to stand up and have confidence. We need to come together as a country to deal with these problems. We aren’t going to solve anything unless we’re united.”
“Rope A Dope” is the second single off Oladipo’s debut EP, Songs For You, slated to drop October 6.
Oladipo was the second overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft. But obviously, outside of basketball, he’s a talented singer. After a TMZ video surfaced last fall, which featured him performing R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” he decided to move forward as a musician.
Just last month, he unveiled a reinterpreted version of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You.” He followed with a visual for “Song For You,” his first ever music video.