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NBA players won’t be sanctioned for kneeling – Adam Silver

/ 07:14 PM July 31, 2020
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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday players who kneel during the US national anthem will not be punished under longstanding league rules.

In a brief statement issued after New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz players took a knee in unison ahead of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Silver confirmed players would not be sanctioned.

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The NBA has a several-decades-old rule requiring players to stand during the pre-game anthem rituals.

But Silver said the rule would be waived given the “unique” nature of the ongoing calls for social justice which erupted after the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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“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,” Silver said in a statement.

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