NBA, Adam Silver Announce That Players Must Stand During National Anthem

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The National Basketball League (NBA) expects its players to continue standing for the US national anthem, unlike athletes in the National Football League (NFL).

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he expects players to stand for the national anthem, which is a league rule.

Silver reportedly cited a league rule, which requires players to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner". "Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand during the anthem, and I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now".

"It's my hope our players will continue to use that as a moment of unity", Silver said.

Mr Silver spoke following the NBA's board of governors meetings on Thursday, during which owners passed rules created to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on objective - "tanking" - to improve their draft position.


NBA players and coaches have been vocal with their feelings about the comments made recently by President Donald Trump regarding the NFL's national anthem protests.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in May, "Respecting the national anthem, I think it's great for our players to be involved in political and social causes". The Warriors, who were disinvited from the traditional White House visit league champions make via a Trump tweet last Saturday - an invitation they likely would have turned down if given the chance - play in the first preseason game of the year Saturday evening when they host the Denver Nuggets in Oakland.

The commissioner added Thursday, "These are highly complex and nuanced issues". One of the core principles of this country is freedom of expression as well.

While not all team executives are excited about this change (because it hurts their chances of getting the best player), I think this change will overall be positive for the National Basketball Association.

LeBron James has also been critical of Trump, calling him a "bum". Thereafter, several teams refused to reside in Trump-owned hotels during their travels.

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