The NBA has sent out a memo to teams reinforcing its rule that players and coaches have to stand for the National Anthem.
The memo, distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, instructs teams 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.
In the memo, Tatum suggests teams might address the current political climate by having players and coaches give a joint pregame address. “This could include a message of unity and how the team is committed to bringing the community together this season,” the memo states. The memo also suggests teams might prepare a video tribute or public service announcement featuring “team leadership speaking about the issues they care about.”
The NBA needs to realize that they can’t tell a person how to protest. Most of the NBA is black, so if every black man decides to sit during the anthem, what y’all gon do? Lebron just called the POTUS a “bum” on twitter. Pretty sure your players don’t care about what consequences may come if they decide to partake in the National Anthem protest.
Below are the NBA rules for conduct during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/mCADF8lqYJ
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 28, 2017