NBA SAYS PLAYERS MUST STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to teams on Friday saying that he expects both players and coaches to stand for the national anthem before games, as is the rule, according to the Associated Press.
The memo also recommended that teams show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, a possible compromise to players who would like to speak out about social injustice and the expression of their right to protest wherever whenever, with the league rule.
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". No word on what the penalty is if the rule is broken.