NBA commissioner Adam Silver has weighed in on the ongoing NFL controversy involving players protesting during the national anthem.
He said that the lack of unity in society today is “disheartening,” but that sports have always been a “unifying force” where sports arenas have been places where “people from all walks of life have come together” for a common experience.
While he hopes that the league and the players can “play a constructive role” in bringing people together when it comes to political disagreements, Silver set a firm line when it comes to his players protesting during the national anthem:
“On the anthem specifically, we have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem. It’s been our rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”
Watch above, via ESPN.
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