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Jul 31, 2020 15:40:22   #
ldsuttonjr Loc: ShangriLa
 
NBA makes its stand: If you can’t handle player protest, then move on
Dan Wetzel
Shoulder to shoulder. Baseline to baseline. Sea to shining sea.

Inside a mostly empty youth sports facility, inside a bubble designed to keep the coronavirus from getting in, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans made a statement before the NBA’s reopening that they wanted to make sure got out.

Black lives matter, of course. Police brutality needs to end. Equality must be pursued.

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It was more than that, though.

When it comes to speaking out on social justice issues in the United States, there will be no fear of retribution, no holding back to appease some segment of the masses. If the old days need to go, then old fears of what some might think of it do as well.

It is time, most Americans believe, for significant change in the country, and if having players kneel during the pregame national anthem is too much change for you to accept, then move on because this generation is going to move forward without you.

If the sight of players demonstrating so turns you off that you turn the channel, then the NBA is just going to shrug press on without you.

This was a moment for reflection, a moment for contemplation, a moment to consider what the players were trying to say. It was a time to listen to them, not to shout them down.

The players would dribble soon enough. Before the game, they certainly weren’t, without a word, going to shut up.

As an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner by New Orleans native Jon Batiste was played, both teams silently took a knee. They linked arms or rested them on each other’s shoulders. Some held up fists. Coaches participated. So did game officials. White people. Black people. Americans. International players.

Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before Thursday's NBA restart. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
What so proudly they hailed.

“Black Lives Matter” was painted in front of them on the court. Social justice messages were stitched into their uniforms on their backs.

It was respectful. It was peaceful. It was unified. It was appropriate.

It was patriotic.

And it was a reversal for a league that remained standing post-Kaepernick. It wasn’t that players or coaches weren’t outspoken when it came to politics. They were. And then some.

Business was considered business though, and league rules prohibiting anthem protests were followed. Not now though. Not in 2020. Not after George Floyd.

“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,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

America is changing and changing fast. That can scare the hell out of some.

Back in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first sat, then knelt during the anthem before NFL games, the backlash was significant. Now, a CBS News poll says that 58 percent of Americans view it as an “acceptable” form of protest. For younger Americans, the number is far higher.

And so here came the NBA, lining up with the future. As part of the deal to get players to leave their communities and sequester in a Disney World bubble for the 2020 playoffs, the league accepted that they would find a way to get their message out.

There was no way the players were going to ignore the opportunity. Just hours before, civil rights icon and United States Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta. As a young man Lewis risked beatings and imprisonment to desegregate lunch counters and bus stations, to push for voting rights and equal justice.

He often called his tactics “good trouble.”

In this case, there wasn’t even trouble.

There will be critics, of course. The anthem means different things to different people. There will be fans who swear the league off. There will be howls from some media and plenty of politicians. There will be cries of “What about China?” and there is no question the NBAs muted criticism of that country is wrong and problematic.

That said, the shrill of “China, China, China” is dubious. How many of those screaming actually care about China, or just want to drown out the players? How many hold other multinational businesses, or the federal government itself, to the same standards?

It’s an old, tired playbook in this old, tired fight. That’s how America is, was and always will be. Any action forward will be met by resistance. So too will this.

Yet eventually what seemed threatening to some will sound unbelievable to their children and grandchildren. There were actually people so opposed to desegregated restaurants or African American voting?

Yes, there actually were.

There are people actually outraged that Zion Williamson took a knee?

Yes, there actually are.

It’s the right of the players to make their statement. The NBA no longer opposes it.

And it’s the right of the fans who can’t accept it to go watch something else.

That’s America. Old and new. The NBA is clear on where it wants things to head and what audiences it wants to serve — it is showing it, without apology, stretched out for all to see, from one end of the court to the other.

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Jul 31, 2020 15:45:12   #
son of witless
 
ldsuttonjr wrote:
NBA makes its stand: If you can’t handle player protest, then move on
Dan Wetzel
Shoulder to shoulder. Baseline to baseline. Sea to shining sea.

Inside a mostly empty youth sports facility, inside a bubble designed to keep the coronavirus from getting in, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans made a statement before the NBA’s reopening that they wanted to make sure got out.

Black lives matter, of course. Police brutality needs to end. Equality must be pursued.

[Create or join a 2020 Yahoo Fantasy Football League for free today]

It was more than that, though.

When it comes to speaking out on social justice issues in the United States, there will be no fear of retribution, no holding back to appease some segment of the masses. If the old days need to go, then old fears of what some might think of it do as well.

It is time, most Americans believe, for significant change in the country, and if having players kneel during the pregame national anthem is too much change for you to accept, then move on because this generation is going to move forward without you.

If the sight of players demonstrating so turns you off that you turn the channel, then the NBA is just going to shrug press on without you.

This was a moment for reflection, a moment for contemplation, a moment to consider what the players were trying to say. It was a time to listen to them, not to shout them down.

The players would dribble soon enough. Before the game, they certainly weren’t, without a word, going to shut up.

As an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner by New Orleans native Jon Batiste was played, both teams silently took a knee. They linked arms or rested them on each other’s shoulders. Some held up fists. Coaches participated. So did game officials. White people. Black people. Americans. International players.

Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before Thursday's NBA restart. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
What so proudly they hailed.

“Black Lives Matter” was painted in front of them on the court. Social justice messages were stitched into their uniforms on their backs.

It was respectful. It was peaceful. It was unified. It was appropriate.

It was patriotic.

And it was a reversal for a league that remained standing post-Kaepernick. It wasn’t that players or coaches weren’t outspoken when it came to politics. They were. And then some.

Business was considered business though, and league rules prohibiting anthem protests were followed. Not now though. Not in 2020. Not after George Floyd.

“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,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

America is changing and changing fast. That can scare the hell out of some.

Back in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first sat, then knelt during the anthem before NFL games, the backlash was significant. Now, a CBS News poll says that 58 percent of Americans view it as an “acceptable” form of protest. For younger Americans, the number is far higher.

And so here came the NBA, lining up with the future. As part of the deal to get players to leave their communities and sequester in a Disney World bubble for the 2020 playoffs, the league accepted that they would find a way to get their message out.

There was no way the players were going to ignore the opportunity. Just hours before, civil rights icon and United States Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta. As a young man Lewis risked beatings and imprisonment to desegregate lunch counters and bus stations, to push for voting rights and equal justice.

He often called his tactics “good trouble.”

In this case, there wasn’t even trouble.

There will be critics, of course. The anthem means different things to different people. There will be fans who swear the league off. There will be howls from some media and plenty of politicians. There will be cries of “What about China?” and there is no question the NBAs muted criticism of that country is wrong and problematic.

That said, the shrill of “China, China, China” is dubious. How many of those screaming actually care about China, or just want to drown out the players? How many hold other multinational businesses, or the federal government itself, to the same standards?

It’s an old, tired playbook in this old, tired fight. That’s how America is, was and always will be. Any action forward will be met by resistance. So too will this.

Yet eventually what seemed threatening to some will sound unbelievable to their children and grandchildren. There were actually people so opposed to desegregated restaurants or African American voting?

Yes, there actually were.

There are people actually outraged that Zion Williamson took a knee?

Yes, there actually are.

It’s the right of the players to make their statement. The NBA no longer opposes it.

And it’s the right of the fans who can’t accept it to go watch something else.

That’s America. Old and new. The NBA is clear on where it wants things to head and what audiences it wants to serve — it is showing it, without apology, stretched out for all to see, from one end of the court to the other.
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In the end, the NBA is a business. They are already hurt by the virus and by their dealings in China. We will see how this affects their customers. I for one am done putting up with the horse manure. I was a big fan. Not so much now.

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Jul 31, 2020 16:15:58   #
tbutkovich
 
I will never watch another NBA game for the rest of my life. I will switch completely to college til they kneel there, then I will erase the sport like BLM is trying to do with our heritage!

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Jul 31, 2020 16:17:36   #
Tiptop789 Loc: Eugene, OR
 
son of witless wrote:
In the end, the NBA is a business. They are already hurt by the virus and by their dealings in China. We will see how this affects their customers. I for one am done putting up with the horse manure. I was a big fan. Not so much now.


A big fan, I bet you've never watched a single game. Do you even know what NBA means?

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Jul 31, 2020 16:33:07   #
byronglimish Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
Tiptop789 wrote:
A big fan, I bet you've never watched a single game. Do you even know what NBA means?


NBA..? Notorious Black A-holes!



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Jul 31, 2020 16:34:18   #
byronglimish Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
tbutkovich wrote:
I will never watch another NBA game for the rest of my life. I will switch completely to college til they kneel there, then I will erase the sport like BLM is trying to do with our heritage!


My sentiments exactly.

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Jul 31, 2020 16:36:37   #
son of witless
 
Tiptop789 wrote:
A big fan, I bet you've never watched a single game. Do you even know what NBA means?


Are you accusing me of being like one of those phoney ex Trump voters on the Liberal TV networks who suddenly hate President Donald J. Trump's guts ? Well are you ? Should we discuss this ? It could be fun, because unlike OPP Liberals I can actually answer questions.

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Jul 31, 2020 17:09:31   #
Comment Loc: California
 
Tiptop789 wrote:
A big fan, I bet you've never watched a single game. Do you even know what NBA means?


Yeah fool! Negro Basket Ball Assn. NFL===Negro Football Assn. No thanks! I was a football player in college. Tiptop69, U must be a Negro!!!!

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Jul 31, 2020 18:27:24   #
ldsuttonjr Loc: ShangriLa
 
Tiptop789 wrote:
A big fan, I bet you've never watched a single game. Do you even know what NBA means?


tiktock: Your clock is dead! National Black Lies Matter Association!

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Jul 31, 2020 20:10:04   #
Smedley_buzkill
 
ldsuttonjr wrote:
NBA makes its stand: If you can’t handle player protest, then move on
Dan Wetzel
Shoulder to shoulder. Baseline to baseline. Sea to shining sea.

Inside a mostly empty youth sports facility, inside a bubble designed to keep the coronavirus from getting in, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans made a statement before the NBA’s reopening that they wanted to make sure got out.

Black lives matter, of course. Police brutality needs to end. Equality must be pursued.

[Create or join a 2020 Yahoo Fantasy Football League for free today]

It was more than that, though.

When it comes to speaking out on social justice issues in the United States, there will be no fear of retribution, no holding back to appease some segment of the masses. If the old days need to go, then old fears of what some might think of it do as well.

It is time, most Americans believe, for significant change in the country, and if having players kneel during the pregame national anthem is too much change for you to accept, then move on because this generation is going to move forward without you.

If the sight of players demonstrating so turns you off that you turn the channel, then the NBA is just going to shrug press on without you.

This was a moment for reflection, a moment for contemplation, a moment to consider what the players were trying to say. It was a time to listen to them, not to shout them down.

The players would dribble soon enough. Before the game, they certainly weren’t, without a word, going to shut up.

As an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner by New Orleans native Jon Batiste was played, both teams silently took a knee. They linked arms or rested them on each other’s shoulders. Some held up fists. Coaches participated. So did game officials. White people. Black people. Americans. International players.

Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before Thursday's NBA restart. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
What so proudly they hailed.

“Black Lives Matter” was painted in front of them on the court. Social justice messages were stitched into their uniforms on their backs.

It was respectful. It was peaceful. It was unified. It was appropriate.

It was patriotic.

And it was a reversal for a league that remained standing post-Kaepernick. It wasn’t that players or coaches weren’t outspoken when it came to politics. They were. And then some.

Business was considered business though, and league rules prohibiting anthem protests were followed. Not now though. Not in 2020. Not after George Floyd.

“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,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

America is changing and changing fast. That can scare the hell out of some.

Back in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first sat, then knelt during the anthem before NFL games, the backlash was significant. Now, a CBS News poll says that 58 percent of Americans view it as an “acceptable” form of protest. For younger Americans, the number is far higher.

And so here came the NBA, lining up with the future. As part of the deal to get players to leave their communities and sequester in a Disney World bubble for the 2020 playoffs, the league accepted that they would find a way to get their message out.

There was no way the players were going to ignore the opportunity. Just hours before, civil rights icon and United States Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta. As a young man Lewis risked beatings and imprisonment to desegregate lunch counters and bus stations, to push for voting rights and equal justice.

He often called his tactics “good trouble.”

In this case, there wasn’t even trouble.

There will be critics, of course. The anthem means different things to different people. There will be fans who swear the league off. There will be howls from some media and plenty of politicians. There will be cries of “What about China?” and there is no question the NBAs muted criticism of that country is wrong and problematic.

That said, the shrill of “China, China, China” is dubious. How many of those screaming actually care about China, or just want to drown out the players? How many hold other multinational businesses, or the federal government itself, to the same standards?

It’s an old, tired playbook in this old, tired fight. That’s how America is, was and always will be. Any action forward will be met by resistance. So too will this.

Yet eventually what seemed threatening to some will sound unbelievable to their children and grandchildren. There were actually people so opposed to desegregated restaurants or African American voting?

Yes, there actually were.

There are people actually outraged that Zion Williamson took a knee?

Yes, there actually are.

It’s the right of the players to make their statement. The NBA no longer opposes it.

And it’s the right of the fans who can’t accept it to go watch something else.

That’s America. Old and new. The NBA is clear on where it wants things to head and what audiences it wants to serve — it is showing it, without apology, stretched out for all to see, from one end of the court to the other.
NBA makes its stand: If you can’t handle player pr... (show quote)


Apparently to the NBA, a few select Black Lives matter, and no one else. I'd like to see them try that crap in China, where they make so much money. Especially when they don't protest in the provinces where Uighurs are being systematically exterminated.
The NBA are a bunch of overpaid prima donna hypocrites who only protest something if it is advantageous to their already bulging portfolios to do so.
The only good thing I can think of to say about the NBA is that the players appear to be somewhat less moronic than the NFL, most of whose members would be pressing license plates if they couldn't play football.

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Jul 31, 2020 20:44:29   #
son of witless
 
ldsuttonjr wrote:
tiktock: Your clock is dead! National Black Lies Matter Association!


It would seem that Tiptop 789 is scared.

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Jul 31, 2020 22:12:09   #
byronglimish Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
son of witless wrote:
It would seem that Tiptop 789 is scared.


Did he tiptoe away?

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Jul 31, 2020 23:21:33   #
ImLogicallyRight
 
Count me as one for the college games only. And when they start kneeling, there is always High School. At least they play with heart. Remember, you can go to your kids games, grandkids games. Go watch some little league. The sport is still the same sport and the winner is still in doubt, so go cheer for your favorite team, Contribute to them getting better uniforms and stuff. Help by volunteering to give them rides, or help the coaches.

So far I haven't seen this sickness of overpriced big babies without any intelligence, infecting some other sports. Need to watch the best. Try golf, tennis, I haven't seen it in Hockey yet. How about boxing or untimate fighting. And one of the best sports is Rugby, Good continuous action and no sissy pads or helmets. Or maybe get off your fat ass and try swimming at the local lake or pool, or jogging and biking. They need us. We sure as hell don't need them. We have survived all spring without those dumb ass primadonnas.

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Aug 1, 2020 07:26:19   #
drlarrygino
 
byronglimish wrote:
NBA..? Notorious Black A-holes!


Put 99% of them 6' under and that includes the refs and coaches. All a bunch of weak kneed illiterates who protest the country that made them multi millionaires. The NBA is now the (Knee grow Basketball "ASS"ociation). What a bunch of plantation fools shackled by their skin color.

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Aug 1, 2020 07:29:16   #
drlarrygino
 
Comment wrote:
Yeah fool! Negro Basket Ball Assn. NFL===Negro Football Assn. No thanks! I was a football player in college. Tiptop69, U must be a Negro!!!!


More like the Knee grow Football Asses!

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