The NBA came back after a 20-week break to a so-called bubble, in Orlando, Florida. On Thursday evening, just a few moments before indication, players with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz, accompanied by coaches and game officials, all took a knee.
On Thursday, Each and every NBA player who recommenced the NBA’s season kneeled in the course of the National Anthem, wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers jumped on the bandwagon of their game in Orlando.
On a few of the game jerseys, players’ names were replaced with messages like “Equality,” “I am a man,” “Ally,” and “Say her name,” with an aim to give away a clear message backing the social justice movement.
After the moment, Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner stated that he will not compel players to stand throughout the anthem.
“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.”
In an official statement, the New Orleans Pelicans informed that the team supports the “ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest.”
“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 positive change in our community and our country,” the statement read.
The Jazz told 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.”