The NBA Commissioner has decided to make sure all team members will be forced to give up their freedom to protest during the anthem.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to teams on Friday telling them the rule is that players and coaches must stand for the national anthem before games, reported The NY Daily News.
The memo also recommended that teams show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, a possible compromise to those players who would like to speak out about social injustice and the expression of their right to protest wherever whenever with the league rule.
In the memo, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested that teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”
Two of the NBAs biggest stars, Stephen Curry and LeBron James, last week called out President Donald Trump for his tweet saying the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem should be “fired,” and he also called them “sons of bitches.”
James called the president a “bum” while other players expressed their disagreement with the president and their support of freedom.
There was no mention of what they penalty would be for breaking the rule. There was also no mention of taking a knee before or after the anthem rather than during, or even at another point in the game, which would still make a statement.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)