Jun 7, 2018

NBA commissioner encourages players to keep “speaking out for their values”

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver voiced support for players to continue "speaking out on issues that are important to them," before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Earlier this week the leaders from each team, Steph Curry and LeBron James respectively, explained that they would not attend the traditional White House celebration to honor the championship team if invited.

"My reaction, not to what they said, but that that’s where we find ourselves here is sadness frankly. A bit of resignation. But I don’t think it should take away from the fact that these players in our league, our coaches, are speaking out on issues that are important to them and important to society. I think, I encourage them to continue to do that and on top of that, maybe more importantly, look at the things they’re doing in their communities.”
— Silver

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