The NBA and the National Players Association of Basketball (NBPA) have agreed that lPlayers can carry vindictive messages instead of their names andn the back of their jerseys during the first four days of the American League restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
Among the approved messages, as confirmed by ‘Los Angeles Times’, are phrases like ‘Black Lives Matter’ –Black lives matter-, ‘I Can’t Breathe’ -I can’t breathe-, ‘Vote’ -Vote-, ‘Justice’ -Justice-, ‘Stand Up’ -Lift up-, ‘Listen’ -Listen-, ‘Listen to Us’ – Listen to us-, ‘Say Their Names’ -Say their names-,’ Peace ‘-Peace-,’ How Many More ‘-How many more’-,’ Education Reform ‘-Educational reform-,’ Liberation ‘-Liberation-,’ Equality ‘-Equality-, ‘Freedom’ –Freedom– or ‘Enough’ -Enough-.
It can also be read on t-shirts, in Spanish, ‘Yes you can’, as well as ‘Say Her Name’ -Say his name-, ‘Mentor’, ‘I Am A Man’ -I am a man-, ‘Speak Up’ -Speak louder-, ‘Ally’, ‘Anti-Racist’ –Anti-racist-, ‘Justice Now’ -Justice Now-, ‘Power to the People’ -Power for the people-, ‘See Us’ -Look at us-, ‘Hear Us’ -Listen to us-, ‘Respect Us’ –Respect us-, ‘Love Us’ –Love us– and ‘Group Economics’ -group economy-.
After the first four days, players will be able to keep the messages on their jerseys with their names below their number, or completely renounce the messages.
The NBA will also have eThe ‘Black Lives Matter’ message printed on the slopes in prominent places. The league and union are also discussing other plans to help players make better use of their platforms, including the addition of a number of guest speakers.
In the manual provided to the players for the season restart, the NBA stated its intention to use his return to give voice to these problems. “One goal of our season restart will be to use the NBA platform to draw attention to issues of social injustice, including fighting systematic racism, expanding educational and economic opportunities throughout the black community, enacting significant police and criminal justice reforms and promoting greater civic participation “the league points out on the second page of the manual.
“We are in discussions with the Players Association to develop a comprehensive strategy on how the NBA, its teams and players can best address these important social issues and uniquely position our league to drive action and create meaningful and generational change “concludes.
The NBA regular season will resume, with 22 teams, on July 30. at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando (Florida). The current campaign had been suspended on March 11, after Utah Jazz French center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 just before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The participating teams will be Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.