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Report: NBA Players Can Include Social Justice Statement on Jerseys

June 28, 2020 - 04:22 AM

When the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season resumes next month, players will have the option to include a statement about social justice on their jerseys. This according to a Tweet made by The Athletic’s Shams Charania late Saturday night. It’s […]

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only time will tell how the players choose to use this medium and how the fans will respond.

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13 hours ago, Bruhammydude said:

Here before it's locked lol

Same lol because SOMEONE will have a problem with it.

 

The NBA is giving the players a chance to use their platform because they know many are paying attention...even those that say “they don’t care” about the opinion of an athlete or entertainer.

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I don't have much of a problem with it, I just wish that they always replace the last names with the statements. It'll kind of be like the MLB Player's Weekend I feel like. It's annoying that the timing made it so this will last through the playoffs, I feel like this would be more of a regular season thing. Then again, it's frustrating that this is something that is done in the first place, can't we just treat everyone with respect.

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38 minutes ago, Ben in LA said:

Same lol because SOMEONE will have a problem with it.

 

The NBA is giving the players a chance to use their platform because they know many are paying attention...even those that say “they don’t care” about the opinion of an athlete or entertainer.

This is a way to reel in some of the more vocal (and somewhat mercurial) players, like Kyrie Irvin who now has the ability to state his cause while playing basketball. He and others had stated they intended to sit out and focus on activism instead. The NBA still needs name brand players, now more than ever. 

 

11 hours ago, Captain Tsubasa said:

Could this be a ploy to ease in shirt sponsorships? I'm getting flashbacks of UNICEF on Barça jerseys... 🤔

They already have it on the front. I'd expect them to look like last weekend'd EPL jerseys with the statement in lieu of names. 

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Def feel like the players union asked for that. Its a pretty black league and Its important for players to use their platform as public figures to support good causes. 

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Is this for the entire playoffs or just the first few games? I’m interested to see Enes Kanter’s jersey!

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1 hour ago, Krz said:

Is this for the entire playoffs or just the first few games? I’m interested to see Enes Kanter’s jersey!

Probably the rest of the season.

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My beef with Silver is he doesn't consistently consider the best interest of the game. Some will think this is a great idea politically, others will hate it. But he's trying to maintain credibility in a bubble tourney.

Everything that makes it seem like a gimmick is a bad idea.  The Association is trying to crown a champion under incredible circumstances, and this decision carries all the weight of allowing players to wear numbers with fractions

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So Enes Kanter has posted a jersey saying “Erdogan Sucks”.

 

Spencer Dinwiddie has said he’s going to do “Trillion” which along with his number (26) represents the U.S. debt.

 

And Ja Morant has posted, and then apologized for an image that had his jersey saying f*** , with his number 12, which is a number commonly associated with cops.

 

Any others?

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5 hours ago, Krz said:

And Ja Morant has posted, and then apologized for an image that had his jersey saying f*** , with his number 12, which is a number commonly associated with cops.


I can certainly see the insightful direction this going in :rolleyes:.  Maybe jerseys are not the best place for Social Justice Statements... 

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I don’t see how letting every player decide on which statement they want to broadcast can end well. There’s surely a player who would want to put something that would run counter to what most NBA players believe *cough* Spencer Hawes*cough*Gordon Hayward*cough*. And will they allow only US issues to replace players names? Something tells me the NBA wouldn’t be cool with someone replacing their last name with Free Honk Kong, Free Tibet  or Stand With Uyghurs. Or even someone like Kanter, who has been very vocal about the issues in his country, I’m guessing won’t be allowed to put even the slightest criticism of Erdogan on his jersey. The NBA is a global league and claims to be one, but if the only “freedom of expression” they allow is the one that is relevant to the US how is it freedom of expression or global? They’ll probably be better off working with the NBPA to give players a few allowed statements players can choose to replace their names, like Black Lives Matter or Wear Masks (incredibly sad that either has to be a statement because some people disagree), than giving every player “freedom of expression (as long as it doesn’t really hurt our bottom line)”

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So if you don't change it up and just go with your last name, does that mean you're racist and support institutional racism?    I like the idea but it essentially forces everyone to participate even if they would like to choose other ways to express their support for BLM or might feel like they're in a 'look at me' type situation and would rather not do it.

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