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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has revealed that the league is learning from the current issues surrounding the NFL and will review their policies.
The NFL has been rocked by several controversies in recent weeks, with the domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice making the headlines in particular.
While the NBA has had its fair share of scandals over the years, Silver has insisted that he is taking a proactive approach in ensuring that the league is able to deal with such situations rather than a reactive one which could open him and the NBA up to scrutiny.
Given the recent racism storms surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, he has things on his agenda already, but ultimately, he is still looking to learn from his colleagues elsewhere.
“We learn from other league’s experiences. We’re studying everything that’s been happening in the NFL,” Silver said on Monday at a news conference to announce the league’s community service initiative in New York City in conjunction with the 2015 All-Star Game.
“We’re working with our players’ association [and new executive director Michele Roberts]. We’ve been talking for several weeks, and we’re going to take a fresh look at everything we do.”
Silver added that it would be “foolish” for the NBA to not try to learn from everything that’s happening with the NFL, and that he is looking at both the education of players in terms of rookie transition programs and team awareness meetings.
In addition, he revealed that the NBA and the players’ association continually analyse their policies, but the recent issues have ensured that they will continue to specifically look at ways to better educate the players and employees on domestic violence.