FILE – LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Monday, December 8, 2014 in New York: Sports athletes carried the message "I can't breathe" to protest a Grand Jury decision not to indict an officer for the death of a New York man. AP
NBA players could be wearing jerseys that carry slogans that support social justice or charities, rather than their names when the league resumes next month, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, told ESPN's The Undefeated website that the players had spoken to the league about the initiative.
The report says jerseys could carry messages like "Black Lives Matter" or "I Can & # 39; t Breathe" – two popular assembly cries from the protest movement that broke out in George Minoyd's death in Minneapolis last month.
"We're just trying to keep shining light on the various social justice issues that people in our league talk about every day," Paul told The Undefeated.
“People say that social justice will be on everyone's lips in Orlando. It doesn't go away with these jerseys. "
NBA players were prominent supporters of the protests that took place in all 50 states after the death of Floyd during his police arrest on May 25.
Players would also have the option to use the initiative to show support for causes unrelated to racial injustice and police brutality, Paul said, adding that no player would be forced to report a message.
Meanwhile, Paul said the idea had received positive feedback from players he spoke to about it.
"The people I spoke to were definitely excited," said Paul.
"The reason why I am passionate and excited is that there is a voice for the voiceless.
"It also gives boys an opportunity to shed light on something they are passionate about," added Paul, who joined protesters at a Black Lives Matter event in Los Angeles earlier this month.
The NBA will resume its coronavirus season 2019-2020 on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.
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