The NBA Players Association announced Tuesday that the league will work with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to create an inclusive and equitable workplace, a day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that “inclusion and equality” were “under siege” in the game.
In a statement, NBA CEO Adam Silver told ESPN, “I am proud to be part of an organization that supports the NBA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and I know our players are eager to get on board.”
The statement from Silver and other players, signed by team owners, echoed what the league and NBAPA have been saying in recent weeks, saying that it was a “duty to all of our players and our employees to make it a priority to make our workplaces more inclusive and inclusive of all our employees.”
The players have been fighting for equal employment opportunities for years.
The players have long complained about their treatment and workplace harassment by league owners, including Commissioner Adam Goldschmidt, who said in a statement on Tuesday that he was “deeply saddened” by the decision to “bring an end to this long-standing, troubling practice of discriminating against LGBTQ people.”
In the statement, the NBAPA said that it “will work with all stakeholders to ensure that the NBA continues to support its players and to make an inclusive workplace.”
The NBA, which has played in 23 U.K. cities since 2015, is in the midst of a multiyear, multi-billion dollar effort to make the league more inclusive.
In 2017, the league was the first professional sports league to officially support transgender equality.
In 2018, the NFL and the NCAA signed an agreement that would allow players and coaches to use the restroom of their choice.