More than two dozen NBA players have joined a group of more than 100 African American athletes and coaches who filed a lawsuit against the NBA over its anti-racism efforts.
The suit, filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York, says the NBA’s failure to do enough to end racism in its sport and in its league is a violation of the NBA Charter of Principles and Rights, which was created by the players’ union.
It seeks to prohibit the league from paying players for their participation in the NBA All-Star Game, the league’s annual celebration of the league, and other events that celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.
“The NBA is the only major professional sports league in the United States that has failed to address racial discrimination and discrimination on its teams and teams of African American and Latino players and coaches,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
The lawsuit also contends that the NBA is violating the Constitution by refusing to compensate African American players who have been subjected to racial harassment or violence in their playing days.
The NBA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that it was aware of the racial harassment and violence at the All-star Game and took no action to stop it.
Silver added that the league would conduct a “full investigation” of the matter, including any potential civil rights violations by the NBA and its players’ association.
“We need to get to the bottom of this and make sure that we don’t create the climate where we create another level of discrimination in this country,” Silver said.NBA owners have been among the most vocal critics of Trump’s immigration and travel ban.
He has called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration and for more rigorous vetting of those seeking to enter the United Kingdom and the U.S.