NBA Orders Players To Stand For The National Anthem

Tyler Durden's picture

With the NFL finding itself trapped in a vise of sliding viewership on one hand, and a sudden plunge in its favorability as a result of the ongoing "kneeling" feud with President Trump, which according to a just released POLITICO/Morning Consult poll has plunged from 30% on September 21 to just 17% on September 28, the most unfavorable in history...

... other sports franchises are desperate to avoid the backlash that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to have unleashed upon his league.

As a result, the NBA which has seen a similar steep drop in viewership in recent years is taking emergency proactive measures, and according to the Associated Press, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem, followed up by a memo in which the NBA "recommended teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games," while again reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.

In the memo, obtained by the Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.” He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.

Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem.

"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. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule)," the memo says.

The memo comes as the NBA's preseason schedule is set to begin on Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver. As a reminder, the feud between Trump and certain sport players escalated last Saturday when Trump withdrew an invitation to Warriors' Stephen Curry: 

This in turn prompted the entire Warriors team to announce that "while we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House," the statement read, "we accept President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited."

As the AP adds, the memo builds on discussions held by the NBA's Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently. It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players' perspectives, if they haven't already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.

"The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities," Tatum wrote.

While the NFL never made an explicit demand of players to stand for the national anthem, prompting many teams to do the opposite, or simply not leave the locker room, now that the NBA has taken the extra step of reminding players of what the rules are and that they "do not have the discretion to waive this rule", it will be especially interesting to observe how many players will flaunt the commissioner's demand, what the NBA's response to said rule violation will be, and whether the NBA's viewership and ad revenues will see a similar sharp decline which ultimately will have an adverse impact on the players' own bank accounts.

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Ol Man's picture

Nipped that in the bud....

forexskin's picture

i'm not tired of winning yet. anyone? buhler?buhler?

overbet's picture

Ya this isnt really winning for the people this is winning for Tump's ego. Winning for the people would be a border wall, mass deportation of iilegals, lower taxes and repealing healthcare fraud forcing citizens to pay for something they dont want or need. Of course auditng and ending the FED, but I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery that I never play. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Talking about an empty  burger.

Anyway, these players made their point already. Hope these players move on.

Society has other priorities, such as the promises of Making America Great Again without spending.

Ohh. Yea. Sure.


dark pools of soros's picture

what point? and moved on without solving anything?? whats the point in that point?

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Finally a sports association with balls 

WordSmith2013's picture
KNEELGATE: The Ultimate Objective of the Real Perpetrators


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sickavme's picture

Fake, or even... forced "patriotism" is just as bad as unpatriotic acts....


What I would like to see is these "sports" organizations going back to their roots and producing fuckin ROLE MODELS again. 


Guys like michael jordan or joe montana... Not spoiled little bitch millionaires...


Because THAT is what will save their sport... Not caving to dumb bullshit from either side of the "aisle"...


And it will be most importantly, good for the kids...

USisCorrupt's picture


vato poco's picture

aaannnnd THAT, sports fans, is how you nip leftist bullshit in the bud. you say "no", and then you back it up with whatever steel is necessary to make the message sink in. 

5 will get ya 10 they'll scream raciss, but fuck em

ergatz's picture

All fine and dandy. Still, patriotism is nonetheless a load of crap.

HopefulCynical's picture

I hate to break it to everyone, but ORDERING people to stand for Flag & Anthem is EXACTLY counterproductive. #NotHelping

Address the ideological underpinnings that led to this. That is the true path out of this mess.

Work to really understand Cultural Marxism. Then lend your strength to smashing it out of existence.

Gatto's picture

Nice that you think this is somehow a positive thing!   Once your country begins to have people that are FORCED to pay it respects, you know this is the beginning of the END!  Facsism, hyper-inflation, civil war, World War, or becoming a third world is the short list of outcomes, but the END has BEGUN!

BabaLooey's picture


Watched a total of 3 games last year.

In each - for long stretches of time - ALL black players on the court. All 10.

The crowd was mostly NON black.

These dopes try any shit - they'll get whacked too.

weburke's picture

I bet the players do another action, like raised fist

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Or: Hands Up! Don't Shoot!

BuddyEffed's picture

Problem solved if they quit playing the song?

Billy the Poet's picture

And if white folks stop being white.



San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went a little further than most, claiming on ESPN2’s “The Paul Finebaum Show” Monday that “people have to be made to feel uncomfortable,” specifically singling out white people.


“If you read some of the recent literature, you’ll realize there really is no such thing as whiteness, but we kind of made that up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true,” Popovich said.

He added, “Because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult.”


BabaLooey's picture

Pop has been sucking too many black cocks...jesus fucking stupid 

techpriest's picture

From what I can see, any semblance of "white prviliege" only extends to perhaps 5-10% of white people.

IOW, 200 years ago your many-greats grandpa got a big farm super cheap, the next two generations of kids, self-teaching with only a little time in a one-room schoolhouse, grew all of that into a business that led to acquiring even more land.

Of course, I can also name a few examples where this worked for 3-4 generations, but then one son in the line blew it all on hookers and booze/blow/whatever, and any "privilege" ended right there. This happens 97% of the time to any sizeable family fortune that gets built up, within three generations.

Once you learn this, and stop hating people who took advantage of opportunity, you come to realize that this hatred is meant to prevent you from learning how to seize opportunity yourself. and becoming a competitor.

sleigher's picture

My family, 3 generations before me, were doing pretty well, the depression took care of that.  We have never recovered.  Debt serfs ever since.  I am doing what I can to change that with my kids but considering the medium term outlook, it might not matter.

techpriest's picture

We had a particular family member in the line who spent everything. It will take 2-3 generations to rebuild.

One of the more difficult things I'm starting to grasp with my family history, is the whole idea of thinking in terms of "my life might suck, but if I invest in my kids enough my grandkids might be in a position to enjoy real freedom." I think the people we are struggling against are thinking in those terms, and they are actively trying to prevent us and especially children form thinking that way.

And btw, that particular man who picked up the pieces of a broken legacy to rebuild, he's a huge hero to me. He won't get to enjoy the success he set up for his children, though he has certainly done well.

fulliautomatix's picture

Hard to do - stop hating - when its your family that has done you wrong - "seized an opportunity" as you describe it.

Murder is a family buisiness. When families abandon values for an interpretation of a legal fiction - seize an opportunity -  the law is debased.

Compete - in a murder based society?

techpriest's picture

I have a particular cousin who is being ripped off by his own mother right now - she bought a car on credit, is keeping it in her name, but is forcing her son to pay off the loan. And its paining everyone else that he can't see it (yet). So that much I can understand.

However, what I meant about opportunity is, I've seen guys, my own father being one, who had to say "I learned what not to do by people who were close to me, so I'm going to leave them behind and do what it takes to make it on my own." In his case, that meant moving 1,000 miles to start over, and having no one to back him up the first few years.

Now, to go farther on what I mean, recently I was putting a team together to start an open source project, and someone in the group said, "Techpriest, you need to get bigger than Microsoft!"

My first thought was "I can't do that, that isn't possible." Then I asked myself, "Wait, could I do that?" and finally "Why did I think that I can't do that?" Becoming a sort of anti-Soros wold be nice, but after mediating on that string of thoughts I realized that I and many of us create a mental prison that holds us back from our true potential. The bars are made of safety blankets (esp. for SJWs), past failure, past betrayal, fear of change, and so on.

But what if there really was a way to free a few thousand like-minded people from debt and the 9-to-5 grind? I'm working on this actively - I think it is possible.

Inzidious's picture

Yeah If only you responded to messages posted to you on your blog I'd believe you =]

RumpleShitzkin's picture

When all is said and done....the kid who blew it all for hookers and blow was the one doing it right.

Supafly's picture

Walk the talk asshole, and give your job to a brother.   Whites relinquishing control over what they built.  All good.

Billy the Poet's picture

Are you refering to me or Popovich?

Chandos's picture

It's not a "song"'s a collective state of mind (or something)

Citymouse16's picture

It was a German drinking song long before it was our national anthem.  Also, anthems are songs, just a special subset.

J S Bach's picture

"NBA Orders Players To Stand For National Anthem"

I know that events in our world pour upon us in a rather anesthetic way - that is, drip by drip.  So, often the importance of these events often passes over us without the magnitude being verily understood.  But, do you all realize where we are now in this country (not nation) of ours?!  Such actions would not only have been unheard of two generations ago, but those perpetrating them probably would have been tarred and feathered at the very least.  I am now convinced that some sort of civil-racial war is inevitable.  A separation is coming.  We must pray that it can be done with a minimal amount of bloodshed... but, it IS coming.  Whatever the outcome, we must all remain aware of (((who))) caused it to happen... (((who))) opened our borders to third worlders... (((who))) pushed the unnatural philosophy of egalitarianism... (((who))) subliminally and overtly pushes this doctrine in their media and colleges... (((who))) funds and foments groups like antifa... (((who))) neglects off-the-charts black on white crime in their reporting... (((who))) invents white on black propaganda violence.

It's all there, folks.  Think.

FixItAgainTony's picture

Behind schedule but all by design. My guess is that only the very wealthy bunkeratti will survive the waves of purges that creates a new Garden of Eden of the Next World (grown over the murdered innocent).

effendi's picture

I agree about forced patriotism. I'm an Australian and refuse to be forced to stand for the anthem of any country (mine or others). Also are there not players who are not US citizens playing on US teams? For them to to be forced to show patriotism to the US flag/anthem/whatever is just faking it. But yes the knee taking kneegrows are an affront to the spirit of the game.

jeff montanye's picture

i'm reminded of the comment of the character red traphagen, in the best baseball, maybe sport, book ever written, the southpaw by mark harris, upon hearing the crowd's noise after the national anthem is played in a game late in the season, "listen to them will you; ain't none of them free, ain't two hundred of them brave."

Stinkytofu's picture

i dunno.....when a guest in a foreign country, i usually stand for

their anthem when played.  seems civilized to do so.


and remember, they are not "forced" to do anything.  standing

for the anthem is one of their job requirements - a job which

pays pretty damn well for playing a silly ball game.  if they

don't want to fullfill their fucking contractual obligations, they

have the right to quit......

slvrizgold's picture

I wouldn't stand for the Australian anthem either.  Your cuntry is a Zionist state flooded with Turd World flotsam and jetsam (like all the others.)   But at least in mine I can walk around with a .45 on my hip and an AR in the house and vehicle.   And I don't bow to any Queen from some Satanist family of well-poisoning, nation-wrecking, Goy child sacrificing Talmudists.

HardAssets's picture

'Role models' ?

Are you serious ?

Fathers & mothers, uncles & aunts, & grandparents can be real role models for kids. Not these guys.

These pro entertainers are no more role models than lottery ticket winners. They are among the millions of players from kids leagues to college teams who won the genetic sweepstakes and got into the pros. It ain't gonna happen for the vast majority of people out there. They simply weren't born with the necessary gifts. And too many people chase an illusion which they will never achieve.

Better that real role models encourage kids to pursue goals that they can achieve.

Lore's picture

Stop feeding the beast.  The Organized Sports Industrial Complex is using this as a marketing ploy to stir up dumb sports enthusiasts.


Billy the Poet's picture

Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

Never One Roach's picture


True Colors: Colin Kaepernick’s Foundation Donates $25,000 to Group Named After Convicted Cop-Killer Assata Shakur



fattail's picture

For all those not sure they had enough reasons to hate Colin Kapernick....



Nostradumbass's picture

Thanks for posting that link - very informative!



“The Ultimate Objective”

With this understanding from the preceding “Personal Testimony”, please consider the following extremely perceptive observation that was forwarded as a comment to SOTN. There’s no question that this analysis represents the ultimate objective of the Bolsheviks overseeing the burgeoning Purple Revolution.  As the commenter presciently points out: no one ever destroys their business model in America unless there is a very good reason for doing so.  As follows:

Some here understand somewhat the grand-scale societal function of spectator sports. They provide a means of capturing the energies of tribal instinct, and releasing them in a manner that is typically non-destructive. The local sports team provides the people something regional with which to identify, and the games offer a means of playing-out the will to dominate. Although I mostly don’t enjoy watching sports, I understand the role spectator-ship plays, that it can be both beneficial (from an almost cynical perspective) or harmful depending on circumstances.

What many here might not understand are the full implications, and “why”, of recent events surrounding various sports leagues and organizations, particularly NFL, in consideration of recent political and social turmoil.

First, let’s consider the following facts about NFL:
-Mostly tax exempt despite making 11 billion dollars 2015-2016
-Many teams (14 from what I’ve read) have received funding from the US Defense Department
-Works closely with DHS and FEMA, having formed partnerships with both agencies.

These facts pretty well establish that NFL is a servant of Deep State, not only being tax-exempt, but supporting and receiving the support of agencies which the Deep State has burrowed deep within.

The answer is fairly clear as to what forces are involved in, and the effects of, the NFLs ‘take a knee’ anti-national political controversy. The bigger question is “Why?”.

The answer follows the same motive behind Antifa, BLM, etc. To cause chaos and civil unrest. To this end, the liberal extremist mobs have been employed to the fullest extent reasonable up to this point. Those who aren’t among the liberal extremists have exercised restraint when faced with them, for the most part. My theory is Deep State has shifted its focus towards increasing the odds of violent reactions among the rest of the population by tampering with societal foundations that have contained those energies. Their calculation is that by causing the masses to abandon spectator sports, their human instinct for tribal warfare will seek fulfillment elsewhere – into the context of political conflict of which there is no shortage.  — GLP Commenter"

ScratInTheHat's picture

Balls my ass! This was all about the bottom line. The NFL has lost millions over this crap already. 

waspwench's picture

It's not balls;  it's bucks.

The sports team owners realized that this was going to cost them a lot of money.   They were not about to permit that to happen, so.....

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Fuck mandatory patriotism. Hitler would be very proud to see this kind of uber nationalist bullshit.

SheHunter's picture

I echo your statement.  Mandatory religion, patriotism, fidelity : unAmerican.  We were founded a bunch of misfit free-thinkers with the common goal of Survival.

most of the people who stand during the anthem are not thinking of what it means to them to be American; they are eyeing the cheerleaders' legs, wondering how soon the beer cart will arrive, and trying to remember if they locked their truck.

Leave me out of the ritual BS.  I am a 110% red-blooded American who pays my taxes and would rather live here than anywhere else.

But I detest being treated like a lemming programmed to stand and put my hand on my chest.  Screw that.