UNITED STATES — Well, we know where the NBA now stands regarding the ongoing protests via the national anthem platform. Here’s the NBA memo sent across the board.
This is interesting.
Here’s a league with more Black players than even the NFL. Yet, they’re being forced to stand?
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For these players, it’s not an option at all.
According to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the league’s longstanding rule requiring players to stand for the anthem isn’t going anywhere, as reports NBC Sports.
“On the anthem specifically…it’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”
NBA memo reinforces rule that players, coaches must stand for anthem:… https://t.co/XSOJBVK6SU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2017
On September 29, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum sent out a memo regarding pre-game ceremonies.
And in the memo, as reports SB Nation, it states that teams do not have the discretion to waive ceremony protocol. Tatum states as follows.
“The NBA has a rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem. The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule).”
Tatum also mentions that it’s permissible for players to demonstrate prior to the ceremony. However, during, it’s required to stand.
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Yet, as it mentions in the memo, it’s unclear what the NBA would do if a player chooses to violate that rule.
IT’S NOT AN ISOLATED PROTEST
According to NBC Sports, NBA players have protested in the past. The source reports as follows.
“In 1996 the NBA suspended Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for refusing to stand for the anthem. Abdul-Rauf quickly relented and stood for the anthem while saying a silent prayer. After President Trump’s comments kicked off the latest anthem controversy last week, however, two of the NBA’s biggest stars, Steph Curry and LeBron James, offered comments critical of Trump. If those two stars were to kneel in protest, it’s highly unlikely that Silver would suspend them.”
“So far, the NBA has managed to avoid controversy,” states the source. “All it takes is one player to defy Silver’s orders, and the controversy will spread to basketball.”
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 29, 2017
Honestly, this has gone passed a “league” protest. It’s a complete social issue, regardless of league.
The Black Loop recently reported on Major League Baseball protest as well via Bruce Maxwell. He’s the first MLB player to take a knee during the anthem.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the protests trickle into NBA ceremonies. It’s kinda expected at this point.
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