While some are heralding his decision as a stroke of genius, the truth is that all NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has done is demonstrate an ability to observe the obvious and respond with some common sense.
Though leftist pundits have been busy spinning it every way they can, anyone with half a brain (which may have just ruled out a goodly portion of the aforementioned group) knows the reason why NFL television ratings are down, attendance is down and revenues are down and it’s not because of global climate change.
With NFL players still kneeling during the national anthem and being booed while doing it and with the star and face of his league, Le Bron James, on a perpetual media and social media warpath against both President Trump and all who voted for/support him, Silver decided to take action to protect his league.
On Friday, the commissioner sent a memo to all NBA teams and made it clear that all players in the league will be standing for the national anthem and that there’s no wiggle room in this directive. As carried by Daily Wire:
NBA: Player MUST Stand For National Anthem
“Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule.”
“Perhaps looking to avoid the NFL’s public relations crisis, the NBA told their players this weekend they must stand for the national anthem in line with the organization’s rules.
In a memo sent out to the entire association on Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reminded teams of the rules requiring them to stand for the national anthem and that he expects those rules followed. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum also suggested 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.”
Neither Tatum nor Silver want players to withhold their political opinions, they just don’t want them expressing them during The Star-Spangled Banner, sung before most, if not all, NBA games.
“The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.
The memo follows an NBA Board of Governors discussion this week on how to handle the national anthem controversy in light of the NFL’s troubles. The football league has hemorrhaged fans and seen a dramatic ratings decline as players, coaches and team administrators embrace social justice.
The NBA suggests that players who want to work for social justice form community organizations or work with local non-profits. “The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.
The NBA will also host forums for players, coaches, and other leadership so that they can discuss pressing political issues.”
So the NBA is saying its fine for players to hold political views they just don’t belong on our courts, a.k.a, your workplace. In a business where the average player salary in the coming 2017/18 season will be close to six million dollars this was a good move, NBA. Might want to teach it to one of your billion-dollar brethren sports leagues.
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]