NBA — 09 December 2014
Adam Silver Wants Players to Stop Wearing “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts

Following the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner, players around the league have been donning “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts as their form of a silent protest. It began with Derrick Rose over the weekend and continued with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and others last night in Brooklyn.

Adam Silver was in attendance and it doesn’t exactly sound as if he’s in favor of it. Hard to tell if it’s because he thinks adidas, the NBA’s outfitter, will be upset because players are covering their logo, or if it’s a matter of him not wanting his league known for this type of attention.

“I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues, but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules,” Silver said in an email Monday night.

H/T: NY Times

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  1. Does the commish have the guts to DO something about this besides whine?

    Do we think these black millionaires would be doing this if the victim was white — or if the cop was black?

    I don’t think so.

    Over 300 murders have been committed in Chicago — by blacks — since the infamous Trayvon Martin death. Do we hear of any “black leaders” talking about that?

    Black on white crime is EXPONENTIALLY higher than white on black crime. Do we hear about that from the main-stream media? Nope. Why not?

  2. Once again, pro sports try to disguise their true objective; making more money. If a social concern will make money by supporting that issue, they support. But if they might lose income from ticket sales and advertising, they support suppression. It’s “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” repeat.

  3. This is a life issue or do you believe a game is more important than reality.

  4. Unarmed men are being gunned down, choke held and tased to death by irresponsible law enforcement agents whose mandate is to protect and to serve. Yet all the proprietors of sports are concerned about are their sponsors and the revenues that they might withhold over a gesture that should instead inspire a sense of civic engagement in matters that affect all of us in one way or another…

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