As the brief NBA exhibition season is set to begin, and as fans in Los Angeles are clamoring for the start of a new era in Lakers’ basketball led by Lonzo Ball, politics and finances are the issues that today dominate throughout the media. Unfortunately, it looks like the office of the NBA Commissioner is begging for a fight with players, and I’d have to believe that they will get just that.
In a memo distributed to teams throughout the league late today and then obtained by ESPN, the NBA has prepared itself to abide by the earlier statements of Commissioner Adam Silver, though exactly how it will deal with dissidents is yet to be determined. Commissioner Silver seems to have with this stance totally abrogated his lofty position as
not just the most progressive commissioner in US professional sports, but also as the most popular commissioner among players in any pro sport. Silver had stated that he “expected” all players to stand for the playing of the national anthem before league games, and the memo elaborates on that position by stating that:
“‘…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.’ The memo states that individual teams ‘do not have the discretion to waive’ the rule that players, coaches and staff must stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule.”
I guess that Silver, as bright and talented as he is, has never heard of the First Amendment, Continue reading