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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

At the Sports Business Awards Wednesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said athletes should use their status to affect social and political change and not simply "stick to sports," reports Sports Illustrated.

Why it matters: Silver's comment came hours after the NFL released a controversial policy that prohibits players from kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The NBA has signaled its progressive approach to social justice issues as players are allowed to use their celebrity to speak out on various issues.

Silver's remarks at the Sports Business Awards Wednesday night:

"There’s never been a time when sports has been more impactful on society than it is today. And whether it’s issues affecting race and gender, health, mental wellness or technology and media, what we all do in this room matters day in and day out. And finally, I encourage all of you not to stick to sports. Do not stick to sports. Embrace it, celebrate it, and let’s all use it to build bridges and bring people together. "

Go deeper: Milwaukee police release video of NBA player arrest

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Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

Vice President Harris looks on as President Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

Texas judge temporarily halts Biden's 100-day deportation freeze

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Why it matters: Biden has set an ambitious immigration agenda, but he could face pushback from the courts.

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