NBA and players agree to ‘Black Lives Matter’ and other messages to wear on their jerseys

With the NBA another day closer to its July 30 reopening, a piece of its plan to battle racial injustice fell into place.

The NBA and the players union agreed Friday on messages players can wear instead of their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first four days of the league’s reboot.

Among the approved messages, which several people confirmed to The Times:

“Black Lives Matter,”
“I Can’t Breathe,”
“Vote,”
“Justice,”
“Stand Up,”
“Listen,”
“Listen to Us,”
“Say Their Names,”
“Peace,”
“How Many More,”
“Education Reform,”
“Liberation,”
“Equality,”
“Freedom,”
“Enough,”
Si Se Puede,”
“Say Her Name,”
“Mentor,”
“I Am A Man,”
“Speak Up,”
“Ally,”
“Anti-Racist,”
“Justice Now,”
“Power to the People,”
“See Us,”
“Hear Us,”
“Respect Us,”
“Love Us”
“Group Economics.”

After the first four days, players can keep the messages on their jerseys with their names below their number. Players also may forgo messaging altogether.

Former Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins impressed members of the Clippers’ front office, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

“I just think the NBA, we lead,” Lakers forward Jared Dudley said. “I think (Commissioner) Adam Silver, to me, is the best. He’s trying to make it right, trying to bring awareness front and center. And for the players, we’re kind of like, ‘I don’t know if we should go there. We don’t know if the league would take over protests with a stance.’ And he’s basically giving us a platform, a stage.

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