The decision by members of the Minnesota Lynx to wear t-shirts supporting change from the pattern of shooting deaths across the country before Saturday night's game has been a point of discussion around the basketball (and non-basketball) world over the last few days. Today, at his press conference following the NBA's Board of Governors meeting, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the situation.
Adam Silver on Lynx shirts: "I'm absolutely in favor of players speaking from the hearts on issues important to them."— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 13, 2016
Silvers continued: "My preference would be players adhere to our uniforms. It's a slippery slope." Says hard to draw the line— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 13, 2016
Silver encourages players to use social media, press conferences, interviews to speak out on issues. Rather not see uniform adjustments— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 13, 2016
Silver's response comes after Minneapolis police officers chose to leave their posts at Target Center over the issue, and the chief of the Minneapolis Police Federation came out in support of the officers' decision. The Lynx's next home game is on Friday evening against New York.
"This is a human issue & we need to speak up for change, together." -Maya pic.twitter.com/tyfl65Ag81— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) July 9, 2016