The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement on the social justice messages that can be displayed on the back of jerseys during the league’s restart, writes Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
According to Spears, those messages will be permitted in place of players’ last names for the first four days of the restart. After that, players can still opt to display messages on the back of their jerseys, but their last names will be there as well.
As Spears details, the NBA and NBPA are providing a list of “approved suggested social messages,” including Black Lives Matter, Anti-Racist, and Vote, among many others. Specific names of victims of police violence won’t be permitted due to concerns about gaining permission from surviving family members or offending families of victims whose names aren’t used, per Spears.
Here’s more on the NBA’s restart:
- Tim Bontemps, Bobby Marks, Kevin Pelton, and Mike Schmitz of ESPN take an in-depth look at the proposed Chicago campus for the NBA’s bottom eight teams, examining the hurdles that would need to be overcome to make it a reality, what exactly the event would look like, and more.
- In a lengthy roundup, ESPN relays quotes from players, coaches, and executives about the NBA’s restart, including players explaining their decisions to participate, individuals discussing safety concerns, and much more.
- The fact that Walt Disney World employees will be coming and going from the NBA’s campus may be the Achilles heel of the league’s plans. As Ryan Gillespie of The Orlando Sentinel details, many Disney employees live in areas of Florida being hit hardest by COVID-19