NBA Players Kneel for National Anthem First Day Back on the Court

The NBA returned yesterday following a months-long hiatus due to the pandemic. 22 teams have been isolated at the Disney World complex near Orlando, Florida in what’s being called the “bubble”. Players, coaches and other staff are tested daily. Their families will not be able to join them in the bubble for at least the next few months. Multiple safety measures have also been implemented, such as stricter cleaning regimens as well as intentional game scheduling. The first game to kick off the season was played by the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz. Just prior to tip off, players, referees and more knelt for the national anthem. Many also warmed up while wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts. Both teams released a joint statement saying, they “stand by the ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also made it clear that he supports the players.