Promoting social justice has been a major issue in the NBA, especially since protests began across the United States following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Now, the league is giving players a new way to promote their chosen message.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association plan to allow players to replace their last name on their jersey with a statement about social justice, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 28, 2020
It’s unclear if messages will be limited in length or scope, or if this policy will continue beyond the 2019-2020 season.
Either way, this certainly is a creative way for the league to give players a way to promote their social justice platform while remaining in the NBA’s bubble environment at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.