The NBA has more African American players than any other major sport in the country. And some of the league’s biggest stars, like LeBron James and Stephen Curry, aren’t shy given their takes on political matters.
Their activism often draws the ire of Fox pundits like Tucker Carlson and especially Laura Ingraham. When asked about the activism of the sport’s players, Commissioner Adam Silver noted that he would never try to silence his players.
The executive explained to WFAN host Craig Carton, “Our goal is obviously not to lose fans over political positions players are taking. I recognize that there is a portion of our fanbase that is upset when players take positions. Now at the same time, I’m certainly not going to the sort of shut up and dribble notion.”
Silver continued, “I think we have to present ourselves in a way where hopefully, if players are doing their jobs on the floor, that even if people disagree with them, they respect them for being engaged in society and for having a point of view. And that the players conversely respect fans who may disagree with them.”
The commissioner closed, “People at the end of the day are paying a lot of money to watch basketball played at its highest level. So we gotta find the right balance there in those issues.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of WFAN:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.