NBA Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Anthony Davis told reporters Sunday that he chooses to keep his name on the back of his jersey instead of joining other teammates in replacing it with social justice messages. This decision is similar to another star player of Lakers. Forward LeBron James earlier revealed he also opted out of picking social movement phrases to include on the uniform, but not including his name as well.
Still showing support
Lakers’ star athlete and forward James shared with reporters why he decided not to include social justice tagline on his game uniform. “It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal,” James told reporters. He revealed that he would love to recommend a couple of ideas he had in mind, however he was not asked. He was fine with it, clearing up any possible tension, but he mentioned that, “I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I’m here to do.”
Meanwhile, Davis expressed his sentiment of being torn whether to keep his name stitched or choose from the 29 messages they can rather include. He said: “I didn’t know what to decide: Should I have a social justice message or should I have my last name there? I just think my last name is something that is very important to me.”
Although, Davis highlighted that social justice causes are important to him too. “But just holding my family name and representing the name on the back to go through this process and my name and people who’ve been with me through my entire career to help me to get to this point. While still kind of bringing up things that we can do for social injustice.”
Davis also said that there are many other ways to show support to causes that they believe in.
NBA for social justice
Last week, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts reported that 285 out of 350 eligible NBA players had already chosen from the list of approved social justice message to put on their jerseys in replacement to their names.
ESPN enumerated the approved list of suggested social justice messages that players can choose from. After the NBPA and the NBA agreed on the list, they e-mailed them to the players. The messages include the following: Ally; Anti-Racist; Black Lives Matter; Education Reform; Enough; Equality; Freedom; Group Economics; Hear Us; How Many More; I Am A Man; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Justice Now; Liberation; Listen; Listen to Us; Love Us; Mentor; Peace; Power to the People; Respect Us; Say Her Name; Say Their Names; See Us; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Speak Up; Stand Up; and Vote.
NBA is set to restart in a ‘bubble’ on Orlando, Florida in Walt Disney World by month’s end after a four-month hiatus due to the pandemic.