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NBA Sends Memo Reminding Players, Coaches That They Must Stand For National Anthem

The NFL has been under some serious fire ever over the past few weeks due to players taking a knee during the national anthem. Many believe that Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed from the NFL for making his voice heard via the anthem. The recent reaction of Donald Trump to players taking a knee led to outrage from pro athletes from all the major sports. To avoid any negative controversy, the NBA has passed a memo which requires players, coaches and everyone associated with the team to stand for the National Anthem. If players are to protest during the anthem, the NBA will discipline them. Via ESPN:

The memo, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, was distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. It instructs teams that “the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem.”

The memo states that individual teams “do not have the discretion to waive” the rule that players, coaches and staff stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule. It is not clear if the league would exercise it in the event of any protest. The league also does not want teams independently disciplining players, sources say, and has encouraged open dialogue within teams.

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