NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Players Association executive director Michele Roberts co-wrote a letter to players “encouraging them in the pursuit of social consciousness,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“….None of us operates in a vacuum. Critical issues that affect our society also impact you directly. Fortunately, you are not only the world’s greatest basketball players — you have real power to make a difference in the world, and we want you know that the Players Association and the League are always available to help you figure out the most meaningful way to make that difference.”
The NBA is one of the most vocal leagues in professional sports, although players get fined at times for their actions this is the only league that encourages them to have free speech.