The NFL is a mess right now. The whole fiasco with players taking a knee has severely damaged the league's reputation. It also shows that NFL commissioner is incompetent and incapable of separating sports from politics.

The NBA could of very well fell into the same trap. Notable players like Lebron James and Stephen Curry have been vocal critics of President Trump. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was smart enough to step in before players on the court began pulling a Kaepernick-like stunt.

In an interview with Associated Press, Silver summed it up brilliantly with this single sentence regarding the national anthem:

"It's been a 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."

Silver went on to say that many players have already expressed their intent to continue to stand as they've always done. It looks like Silver is learning from NFL's mistake by ensuring every team and their respective players and coaches are on the same page regarding this very sensitive and divisive issue.

If players want to post a nasty tweet about the president or promote some social justice cause, it's their right to do so. However, they need to do that on their own time and not on the court when the anthem is being played.

Of course, some may say that Silver is not upholding the players' First Amendment right to sit during the anthem. However, remember that the NBA, as big of an organization it may be, is still a private company. If Silver feels like the actions of his players may hurt the brand's image, it's his right as the owner to dismiss his players who are under his payroll. It goes both ways; you have the right to protest but also need to face whatever consequences that may ensue.

Do you think Silver made the right move by affirming that his players will stand for the anthem?

 
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