Adam Silver Now Able to Take Communication Devices Away as Part of Anti-Tampering Push

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to make it clear how serious he is about stopping tampering in the league.

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Adam Silver

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants to make it clear how serious he is about stopping tampering in the league. Previously the NBA has simply fined coaches, managers, and executives when they've been caught tampering, but now more serious infractions are being introduced. Executives could face suspension, teams will lose draft picks, and players face the possibility of having their contracts voided if tampering in the league continues.

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— NBA (@NBA) September 20, 2019

As announced on Friday, the NBA Board of Governors has passed stricter measures to enforce compliance with tampering. "The ultimate goal is compliance," Silver said at a press conference.

This is a very different stance to what was reported earlier this month. A memo was sent out to teams around the league, suggesting a $10 million fine to any organization found guilty.

Adam Silver on tampering punishments: "Suspending executives...taking away draft picks....voiding contracts...All those provisions are on the table. The ultimate goal is compliance." Silver says fining teams can often be the least effective avenue to rules compliance.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2019

GM's and agents do believe free agency will be impacted. How much? We'll see. But both sides more apprehensive on negotiating/agreeing to deals ahead of June 30 start. One GM said, "I'll follow the rules -- until I find out others aren't and I'm at a competitive disadvantage."

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2019

As ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported, Silver also indicated that he could take away forms of communication from those involved with tampering. He said he "does not want to take people's devices" but also indicated that he's still open to doing it. Adrian Wojnarowski added that team officials are worried about what the league could discover on phones and other devices if not evidence of tampering, calling the NBA "an information business, and people want to protect their information."

Adam Silver confirms that he does now have the ability to take people's communication devices if he chooses to do so. Has said multiple times he "does not want to take people's devices." That, however, is different than saying he won't.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 20, 2019

What worries team officials: If evidence of tampering isn't found on those devices, what else could the NBA discover that could be deemed an issue for that individual or team? The NBA's an information business, and people want to protect their information.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 20, 2019

Understandably, Twitter has found plenty to talk about with the suggestion that phones could be taken away, with many comparing it to teachers in high school.

Adam Silver checking on Lebron texting his “wife”

— Lone (@lone_wolf94_) September 20, 2019

Vlade Divac when Adam Silver comes for his burner phone

— Jillian Adge (@JillAdge) September 20, 2019

"Adam Silver" - let me see your phone

— Cornelius Moore (He/His/Him) (@CMooreHere) September 20, 2019

Adam Silver needs to take away his phone.

— Michael Kelminson (@mjk2341) September 20, 2019

It remains to be seen how players will react to the news, but there certainly won't celebratory comments.

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