NBA, NBPA Putting Together Plans for League Response on Social Justice
The NBA will not remain silent on the topic of social justice.
As of Tuesday, the NBA and NBPA were said to be in advanced discussion over the league’s collective response to the social justice issues plaguing the nation. Commissioner Adam Silver, his right-hand man Mark Tatum as well numerous other NBA figureheads and NBPA leaders are said to be close to putting a plan in place.
“The issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our country need to end,” said NBPA President Chris Paul. “As a union of NBA players and as a league, it is our job to use our collective platform to both put a spotlight on those issues and work to effect change. As players, we have taken a leadership role when it comes to using our voices and implementing practical solutions, but there is much work ahead both in Orlando and long-term to continue the momentum and bring about real, long-lasting change to our society.”
While no specific plan is yet evident, both sides have been discussing the direction in which they wish to take their plans and how to best utilized their platform. The goal of this activism project will be to inform and educate society, while keeping the conversation going
“The league and the players are uniquely positioned to have a direct impact on combating systemic racism in our country, and we are committed to collective action to build a more equal and just society,” said Silver. “A shared goal of our season restart will be to use our platform in Orlando to bring attention to these important issues of social justice. We look forward to engaging in ongoing conversations with the players and their Association about our joint leaguewide initiative and thank Michele, Chris and the other players for their leadership toward creating meaningful, long-term change.”
The NBA Coach’s Association has also put together a coalition to speak out for social reform.