The National Basketball League of Canada announces the immediate implementation of the NBLC Fan Code of Conduct.
The code is being put into place in response to recent events in which players of the Windsor Express were subject to racist and derogatory comments during NBLC contest on January 25th in Halifax.
“The events that led to the development of our new code are unfortunate however, we’re happy as a league that we’re able to respond in this manner while taking a hard stance against negative behaviour meant to offend and humiliate others,” said deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson.
“Our players are undeserving of such treatment and as a league, we stand by them and denounce these acts of an inconsiderate few.”
The National Basketball League of Canada and its teams take a zero-tolerance stance as it relates to racism, sexism, homophobia and other ‘isms’ that demean, disrespect or aim to make an individual(s) feel less than who they are. The arena staff has been trained to intervene where necessary to help ensure that the above expectations are met, and guests are encouraged to report any inappropriate behaviour to the nearest usher, security guard or guest services staff member. Guests who choose not to adhere to these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and revocation of season tickets and may also be in violation of city ordinances resulting in possible arrest and prosecution. NBL Canada will continue to work with venues and venue staff to ensure a safe environment for the players, fans and staff.
The National Basketball League of Canada and team arenas thank you for adhering to the provisions of the NBLC Fan Code of Conduct.