Rather than the standard "Happy 4th of July!" tweet, complete with the fireworks emoji, Walker went a very different route. In a now-deleted tweet, Walker said, "Will never celebrate 4th of July. Know your history!! and stay woke."
Probably not the best take from the Spurs draft pick in the state that has the second largest group of active and reserve members of the military in the United States. https://t.co/20lgKDa7lx— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 5, 2018
San Antonio talk show host Joe Pagliarulo, who said he was speaking on behalf of all Spurs fans, especially had an opinion about Walker's tweet.
An American millionaire at 19. He's one of our best/brightest and this is what social media has done to his worldview. We r filling our young people w/too much animosity and resentment. I don't blame Lonnie. I've been 19 and rebellious. Glad I wasn't influenced by social media. https://t.co/aX2dt9OWu4— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) July 5, 2018
My friends and I - all Spurs fans, celebrated when you were drafted. We saw your highlights and watched every interview. What an impressive young man you appeared to be. Then this https://t.co/LTvrLDOFyX … We are now "woke" Lonnie. And extremely disappointed. @lonniewalker_4— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) July 5, 2018
Sounds like you & Pop will have good anti-Trump discussions.— Tony Thompson (@Tthompissoreal) July 5, 2018
you rattling these folk and only been in the league a few weeks, love it pic.twitter.com/HRlIe3wvTY— alex (@suuhdudee) July 5, 2018
please dont delete! stand up for what you think !! thank you Lonnie— Kawow (@ihwaK_dranoeL) July 5, 2018
It's worth noting what Walker likely means by "know your history." Independence was not the case for black Americans back on July 4, 1776. Some debate whether black Americans should celebrate an anniversary of freedom they were excluded from, or whether they should celebrate their actual freedom on Juneteenth.
Keep doing you @lonniewalker_4. You’re on the right side if you have ppl like Jason Whitlock criticizing you. Salute— kino (@kino2g) July 5, 2018
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