NBA Commissioner Adam Silver At Award Ceremony: ‘Do Not Stick to Sports’
During Wednesday night’s Sports Business Awards, Adam Silver sent a clear message to the sports world when he told the packed audience during the awards banquet “not to stick to sports.”
These comments came after the NBA commissioner accepted the trophy for League of the Year.
“I think there’s never been a time when sports has been more impactful on society then it is today,” Silver said.
He added that, “what we all do in this room matters,” before encouraging people to embrace it and “use sports to build bridges and bring people together.”
Silver’s comments come on the heels of the NFL voting on a new National Anthem rule that will punish any player who “disrespects” the anthem while on the sidelines. Players also have the option of staying in the locker room.
The National Anthem protests kicked off in August 2016 when cameras saw former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sitting during the Anthem. He later explained how he couldn’t stand for a country that treats minorities differently than others and it was his way to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
Dozens of other NFL players soon joined Kaepernick’s protest, as well as many others in various other sports around the world. Kaepernick hasn’t been on an NFL squad since he opted out of his contract back in March 2017.