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31st Jul 2020

All NBA players and staff take knee during national anthem

Rudi Kinsella


The NBA season restarted in the early hours of Friday morning.

All NBA players took the knee as the national anthem played before the season restarted on Thursday night and Friday morning.

New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz, joined by coaches and game officials, all took a knee.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers followed suit ahead of their game in Orlando, where all of the remaining NBA games will be taking place.

The courts had the words Black Lives Matter printed on them, and players warmed up with training jackets emblazoned with Black Lives Matter before the game.

A number of players opted to have their names removed from the jerseys, and replaced them with phrases like “Show Us Respect”, “Justice Now”, “Education Reform” and “Enough”.

Clips via NBA

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that no players will be made to stand for the national anthem.

He said: “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.”

Donald Trump recently said that he will stop watching any game where a player doesn’t stand for the national anthem, saying once he sees that, “the game is over”.

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