The NBA is allowing its players to replace the names on the back of their jerseys with messages for social justice as part of its initiative to focus on racial inequality during its return,
But they aren’t allowing just any message to be displayed. It has to be one from an approved list of 29 different statements, and many players aren’t thrilled by their options, or rather, limitations.
“It’s kind of tough to epitomize all the feelings and emotions and all the things you’re passionate about into one word, especially on the list we were given,” Brown said, via The Athletic’s Jared Weiss.
Brown, citing Butler’s inspiration, thinks that by leaving it blank, he’s not only paying tribute to victims of police brutality who have been named in the news, but also the millions of victims of prejudice who haven’t gotten the same attention.
Whatever he decides to do, Brown is among a group of professional athletes utilizing their platform to the best of their ability to call for change.