NBA Memo Confirms Players and Coaches Must Stand for National Anthem

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2017

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The NBA reportedly issued a memo to all 30 teams Friday reiterating that players and coaches have to abide by league rules that require them to stand for the national anthem. 

According to's Zach Lowe, the memo reinforced what commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Thursday at a Board of Governors press conference. 

Specifically, the memo states teams "do not have the discretion to waive" the rule, which is outlined below by's Bobby Marks: 

The memo also says that if the rule is broken, "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."

Rather than take action during the anthem, the league suggested in the memo that teams could offer "a message of unity and how the team is committed to bringing the community together this season" during a pregame address. 

On Thursday, Silver said it was his "expectation" that players would continue to stand and explained how the league planned to handle possible protests, as NBA TV documented: 

In a joint letter sent to players earlier this month, Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said they would devote resources to players who want to combat social injustice and other community issues, according to's Adrian Wojnarowski