After a long break, the NBA season has started where all the NBA players kneeled during the National Anthem wearing t-shirts having a message written “Black Lives Matter.”
On Thursday, a few moments before the tip-off, the players, along with Utah Jazz, game officials, and coaches, joined it and kneeled down to spread the noble message.
Just after the National Anthem, Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, said- “I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem.” Source: Edition.
Further, The New Orleans Pelicans gave a statement saying that the team will stand by the “ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest.” Source: Edition.
The statement added- “Collectively with the Utah Jazz, our organization joins the NBA in supporting our players and coaches. To promote meaningful change relative to social justice and racial equality, the New Orleans Pelicans have partnered with our players, staff, and coaches to create a Social Justice Leadership Alliance committed to furthering the discussion, listening and learning and taking action to make a positive change in our community and our country,” Source: Edition.
The Utah Jazz said that the team is “committed to advancing social justice and stand in support of the players, coaches and staff as they exercise their First Amendment rights, and use their voices, their experiences, and their platforms to peacefully express themselves.” Source: Edition.
The NBA is not the only league and team to start the season with kneeling in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Last week, when the WNBA started, several MLB players kneeled down to showcase their support for the movement.
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