Dion Waiters Says Missing National Anthem Was ‘Big Misunderstanding,’ Not Because Of His Muslim Faith

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CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters called it a “big misunderstanding” as to why he missed the national anthem in Utah last week before the game.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group originally reported that Waiters was absent for the national anthem prior to the game against the Jazz because he is a Muslim and excused himself from it.

“It’s because of my religion,” Waiters said. “That’s why I stayed in the locker room.”

Waiters rejoined the bench seconds before tip-off.

During practice Sunday, Waiters said it was a “big miscommunication” between himself and Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“It was a big miscommunication,” Waiters told ESPN. “Big misunderstanding. I love my country. I love the United States of America. I’d rather be here than any place else. It was just a big misunderstanding on both parts.”

Waiters explained that he accidentally missed the anthem because his pregame routine…

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