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The NBA is Taking a Way Different Approach to Anthem Than NFL

Earlier in September, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hit back at President Donald Trump for his comments on players that kneel during the national anthem.

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said.

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

On Sunday, NFL teams took things much further, while fans watched over 200 players protest during the anthem.

The massive display of activism rubbed many football fans the wrong way, as subscriptions to DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket were dropped nationwide.

However, the NBA is taking a different approach to the national anthem. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not want the players sitting at all.

During an address to the NBA’s Board of Governors on Thursday, Silver said, via ESPN:

“It’s disheartening to see so much disunity in our society. I think that sports historically and the NBA, in particular, has been a unifying force.

And while there [have] always been disagreements in society, sports arenas have been places where people from all walks of life have come to together for a common experience.

And when it comes to political disagreements, I would hope that we the league together with our players can play a constructive role.”

Silver added, “I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there, on you know, the anthem, and 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.”

The NFL also has a rule regarding the anthem.

From the game operations manual as reported by Time:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.

Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

While Goodell didn’t appear to have a problem with the NFL protests this week, Silver seems as if he wants nothing to do with such displays on the court.