We’re starting to get reports about the social justice messages that some NBA players are choosing to put on the back of their NBA bubble jerseys. Those words or phrases will replace the players’ names, and they come from a list approved by the NBA and players union.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported the choices of nine players on Tuesday’s “Inside the NBA” on TNT.
Haynes reported nine players and their choices:
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers — “Education Reform”
Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers — “Equality”
Moe Wagner, Washington Wizards — “Vote”
Yahoo Sources: NBA social justice statements to be worn on back of jerseys for the restart:— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2020
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard: “How Many More?”
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter: “Freedom.”
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III: “Freedom.”
Here’s the list of approved words and phrases, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears:
Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can't Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
Not all NBA players are happy with the choices they’ve been given. Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Mike Scott of the 76ers both criticized the list on Monday, with Brown calling it “disappointing” and Scott calling it “terrible” and “a bad list.”
The NBA’s bubble restart is scheduled to kick off on July 30.
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