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NBA Players Allowed to Replace Name on Jersey with Social Justice Message

NBA Players Allowed to Replace Name on Jersey with Social Justice Message”

When the National Basketball Association attempts to resume its season next month at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, the league will allow players to have a say in customizing their jerseys.

Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, told The Undefeated on Saturday that the union and the league are now collaborating on the initiative.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday that the league and Nike are going to work with players to have personalized social justice messages on their jerseys. "With these jerseys, it doesn't go away". An agreement between the league and its players to fully support the fight against systemic racism is already set in stone, but exact details are still being discussed. These 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 name of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor, both African-Americans who were killed by police in recent months.

Paul told The Undefeated that players would not be forced or pressured to post social justice messages.

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"The guys I talked to were definitely excited", Paul added. It also gives guys a chance to shine a light on something they are passionate about. While replacing names on the backs of their jerseys with statements isn't a massive change - and will certainly have limits - it's a positive step for players who wish to express themselves and speak out.

Since then, commissioner Adam Silver and players union head Michele Roberts have spoken about the importance of finding a way for the NBA's return to help advance the conversation surrounding racial injustice, not subtract from it.

While basketball is coming soon, it's clear the players have more than just the game on their minds. "For players, we want to know how someone feels, especially if you're putting their jersey on".



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