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NBA commissioner urges athletes to not just "stick to sports"

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
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.