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Carmelo Anthony praises Adam Silver for ‘allowing us to speak’ on social issues

Carmelo Anthony believes credit is owed to NBA commissioner Adam Silver for fostering an environment where players feel comfortable speaking out on social issues. Anthony also made the point that the NFL has failed to do so at this point.

“In the NBA, we are allowed [to speak]. [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver does a great job of allowing us to speak, ” Anthony told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. “But also, we made it cool to step up to the challenge and almost put the pressure on the NBA to back us. We’re in this together. They say we’re in this together, so you can’t reprimand somebody for speaking out on what they believe in.

“It is something where the NFL hasn’t gravitated to that yet. It’s a long shot. There is a deeper, deeper, bigger business in the NFL than there is in the NBA when it comes to those type of things. … I think what the players are doing, they have to continue doing that. They shouldn’t be threatened by owners saying, ‘I’ll take your contract away from you.’ We shouldn’t be in that league if that’s how we will be treated.

“There is a different way that owners should go about it. They should communicate with the players. I thought early on, [Dallas Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones did a good job of kneeling with his players. And then after that [saying he would suspend players who knelt during the national anthem], that defeated the whole purpose. You have to be as one.”

Anthony of course is enjoying a new lease on his NBA life after finally escaping a dysfunctional existence with the New York Knicks and joining the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it’s safe to say that Anthony is happy with how things played out.

“I love it. I love it. I love it,” Anthony said of joining the Thunder. “The bond that we have even in the first eight or nine games is different.”