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NBA Commissioner Wants Players To Stop Wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts

ABS_LeBronAfter a week during which several NBA players expressed their support for national protests by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has weighed in: He wants it to stop.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose warmed up over the weekend in the now famous “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt before his game. The statement Rose made encouraged other NBA players to silently make their voices heard by wearing the T-shirt as well.

Silver sat courtside at the Barclays Center Monday as Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets players Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Alan Anderson and Jarrett Jack wore the T-shirts.

Even though Silver respects the players, he’d prefer they not break the rules to make their statement.

“I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues, but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules,” Silver told Yahoo Sports in an email on Monday night.

NBA players are required to wear Adidas apparel during warmups, but a league source told ESPN‘s Jeremy Schapp that the player’s wouldn’t be fined for wearing the “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts.

Jack, the organizer of the gesture, offered the shirts to the visiting Cavaliers.

“I just wanted those other guys in the locker room to band together with us and be a part of the statement that we put out there on the court today,” Jack told USA TODAY.

Jack even got the OK from minority team owner, Jay-Z, to wear the shirts.

“[Jay-Z] told us he appreciated the stance we were taking with it, representing the cause, but also representing the Nets organization as well as the borough he grew up in,” Jack said.

The “I Can’t Breathe” message symbolizes the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man, who was choked to death by a police officer over selling “loosie” cigarettes. Last week, the grand jury decided not to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, which led to more nationwide protests.


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6 thoughts on “NBA Commissioner Wants Players To Stop Wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    So let's see what the well paid slave bucks do now..'massa' has spoken…

  2. Tell him to get out on the field or shut up. We pay your freaking salary. You serve us. The nerve of this fool and his fans!

  3. Tyrone Sanders says:

    they should be able too wear what they want just as long as the game hasn't started but let us not forget there slaves.

  4. Instead of, or along with wearing these T shirts. How about collecting money like the klans did for the killer of Michael Brown and give to the widow of Eric Garner to care for their children. Something Eric Garner was trying to do when he was murdered!

  5. King Judah says:

    Well paid slaves they got money but no power.

  6. Chris Irvin says:

    But they still continue to play? I'm confused why even play a sport that has an owner coming out how he feels against black and now have the commissioner make his statement. If all the blacks were to leave the league they have enough power to start there own league. At the very least make a greater change. Sometimes wearing a time shirt is not enough. We have to effect peoples pocket to make an effective change. Look at the Montgomery Bus Boycott ad well as the integration of MLB. They crippled two black markets all because we wanted to fit in. In separate facilities we can still excel we don't need any approval or have to worry about the commissioner coming back to say. No its not possible. We must make a strong enough stand. That is all.

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