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Adam Silver supports ‘Enough’ shirts, players’ desire to speak out on issues

NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged his full support for players wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the message “Enough” amid the latest mass shooting that occurred last week in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Silver was in attendance at Staples Center for Sunday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-Atlanta Hawks game, where players donned the black shirts bearing the “Enough” message and also featured the names of the 12 victims who were killed by a gunman at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country music establishment located about 40 miles northwest of L.A.

The demonstration of support for the victims on Sunday night followed the Clippers doing the same thing on Saturday.

“As I’ve always said, our players aren’t just ballplayers, they’re citizens,” Silver told ESPN after the Lakers’ 107-106 win over the Hawks. “They have strong feelings about what’s happening in society and they react to them. I think this was something that was a groundswell within the league. It came from the players and it spread by word of mouth from one team to another.

“It obviously began here in California and other teams around the league supported them,” Silver added. “Again, I support our players’ desire to speak out on issues that are important to them and important to society.”

The Thousand Oaks mass shooting not surprisingly has been weighing heavily on the region’s professional athletes and coaches, including LeBron James, who offered victims of the tragedy “my prayers and my condolences.”

Silver has consistently sided with players and supported their efforts to address controversial and complex issues such as social justice and gun violence. It’s something that’s noticed and appreciated by James.

“For us to have a commissioner like we have to even allow us to do something like this, number one, that’s amazing,” James said. “That’s why we all love Adam. I saw the Clippers do it as well in their last home game, just recognizing a very troubling time at that point and time. But also recognizing that we, I don’t want to say understand, but we’re here for the families in spirit and in health and that’s important.”