The NBPA has partnered with Russell Westbrook’s clothing line, Honor the Gift, to design shirts with social justice messages that weren’t on the NBA’s approved list for use on the back of jerseys for the upcoming restart.
According to reports from Shams Charania, options for these social justice messages include the following:
I Can’t Breathe
No Justice No Peace
Break the Cycle
By Any Means
Power to the People
Am I Next?
This news comes after LeBron James announced last week that he decided against replacing his last name on the back of his jersey. His reason? The baller explained that the options from the league’s approved list didn’t “resonate with my mission, with my goal,” also adding that he would have loved to have some input regarding that decision.
LBJ’s right hand man, Anthony Davis, also plans on keeping his last name on the back of his jersey because of what it means to him.
“I think the name ‘Davis’ is something I try to represent every time I step on the floor with my family,” he said, according to Mark Medina of USA Today. “I was torn between the two. My last name is very important to me.”
285 of the anticipated 350 NBA players had already picked a social justice message to put on their jerseys as of last week, while 17 had chosen to stick with their names instead.