There are no plans for the NBA to modify its national anthem policy amid the outcry surrounding the NFL’s revamped policy announced final week, league commissioner Adam Silver stated Thursday.
Silver, speaking at a press conference ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, stated that NBA’s rule mandating that players and coaches stand for the national anthem has been about given that the 1980s and stated that is the distinction in between the NBA and the NFL.
“Of course, I’ve watched what the NFL has carried out. I really feel that they’re in a extremely diverse circumstance than the NBA is in. Of course, we’ve had a rule on our books that precedes David Stern. It was place in spot by Larry O’Brien in the early ‘80s. From my standpoint it is been about respect – respect for the institution, respect for the fans, respect for the nation that these players are playing in,” Silver stated.
“In the case of the NBA, of course, 25 % of our league is comprised of players who are not American, so it is tough to say in the case of the NBA it is about patriotism when a quarter of our players are not even American. But we’ve viewed it, and we collectively have viewed it as a moment of unity in our arenas. Frankly, it is been a diverse dialogue in the NBA than it is been in the NFL. Our emphasis at least has been on constructive activities in our communities. There has been no discussion with our Players Association about altering our current rule.”
Silver comments come days following Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr ripped the NFL more than its anthem policy, seemingly unaware his personal league’s guidelines.
“They’re just playing to their fan base, and they’re just generally attempting to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring folks,” Kerr stated of the NFL. “It’s idiotic, but that is how the NFL has handled their enterprise.”
Kerr did applauded the NBA for handling social justice matters much better than the NFL, according to ESPN.
“I am proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about totally free speech,” Kerr stated. “It really is about peacefully protesting. I feel our leaders in the NBA recognize that when an NFL player is kneeling, they had been kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They are weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fan base by producing this hysteria.”
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.