The NBA to feature “Black Lives Matter” on the Court

“Black Lives Matter” will be featured on the court and possibly on the back of players’ jerseys when basketball returns.
ESPN reports the NBA is planning to paint the slogan on both sidelines at all three Orlando arenas that will be used in the league’s restart.
The WNBA is also discussing something similar for its condensed season.

Also, the players’ union and the league are collaborating to allow players to wear jerseys with personalized social justice, social cause or charity messages on the backs instead of their last names during the upcoming restart of the NBA season.

The personalized statements on jerseys are part of a long list of social justice messages the players plan to make through the remainder of the season, which restarts July 30 in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA and the NBPA announced an agreement to continue to discuss fighting systemic racism and to make it one of the main focuses of the restart.

Personalized jerseys could say such things as “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can’t Breathe,” bring light to a social or charitable cause or even display the names of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor, who were killed by police in recent months.

“We’re just trying to continue to shed light on the different social justice issues that guys around our league continue to talk about day in and day out,” Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association told ESPN. “People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody’s mind in Orlando. With these jerseys, it doesn’t go away.”

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