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NBA tells players not to protest anthem

(Left) former NBA Commissioner David Stern shakes the hand of current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. (Photo source: Twitter – @NBA)

With the preseason starting this weekend, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver plans to continue enforcing the traditional NBA rules for the national anthem. The league has a specific line in its official rule book about the pre-game song.

“Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand in a dignified posture along the sidelines or the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem,” the rule states.

The rule also prohibits players from putting their hands in their pockets, chewing gum, bouncing or holding a basketball, stretching, jumping or bouncing up and down, running in place, talking or gesturing, and adjusting uniform or equipment during the anthem. Last year, former Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes said that league officers warned him about chewing gum and going to the bathroom during the national anthem.

“We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem,” Silver said at a press conference yesterday. “It’s been our rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league. My expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem. Again, to me, it’s even a unique issue in this league, because 25 percent of our players are not American. But it’s always been an opportunity in our arenas for both teams to come together and have a moment of reflection.”

Former Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf decided to sit or remain in the locker room during the anthem during the 1995-96 season and there was no public outrage until someone noticed. Once it came to the league’s attention, Abdul-Rauf was suspended for one game and he reached a compromise with then-commissioner David Stern that he, a Muslim, would stand with his eyes closed and head bowed in prayer during the anthem instead.

The first preseason game tomorrow night includes Wilson Chandler and Steph Curry, two players among many others in the Golden State Warriors-Denver Nuggets matchup that have spoken out about social issues in the past.


  1. britishrose on September 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    well dam you mean they can force these men to , stand if they want ,,sounds just like white folks making up the rules as we go so unfair

    • The Power Broker on September 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Crazy right… This should be interesting…

  2. britishrose on September 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    do they not hear the players concerns are they willing to stop racism on a large scale or shotr scale

  3. gee fran on September 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Hmmm….what say you, King LeBron? ♚🏀

  4. James Hepburn on September 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Jesus stated you must worship God in Spirit and Truth and you shall know the Truth and get set Free.Adam Silver a Jewish Fellow telling Black Men they must bow to a pro slavery,anti Black Anthem that speak of killing any black that seek their freedom,no refuge for you your blood will run into your grave(3rd verse).Would silver tell his Fellow Jewish folks to stand and bow to the Nazi anthem? Get Out!