Earlier this week came the story that San Jose Sharks forward was
considering becoming the first player in the NHL to kneel for the anthem.
And if we listen to NBA commish Adam Silver, we can already tell you who will be the first to do it in the NBA.
"It's my hope that our players will continue to use that as a moment of unity," Silver said on yesterday after the NBA's board of governors meeting in Manhattan. "... Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem. And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now."
Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection—even in a league where one quarter of the players are not American. Silver did recall that that many teams locked arms last season.
And Silver has no problem with that. He said he wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem—but to do it while standing, thereby adhering to league guidelines.
Yup, the NBA has a rule stating that players, coaches and trainers must "stand and line up in a dignified posture" during the anthems.
"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," he said.
Silver didn't say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: "If that were to happen, we'll deal with it when it happens." The NBA's biggest superstar LeBron James has been openly critical of Trump calling NFL players 'sob's". Looks like Silver has thrown the gauntelt at LeBron's