LeBron James Keeps Last Name on Jersey, Forgoes NBA’s Social Justice Slogans

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James forgoes NBA’s plan to replace players’ names with social justice messages on the back of jerseys
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LOS ANGELES, USA — NBA superstar LeBron James, who has often denounced racism and police brutality, said that he would opt out of wearing NBA’s social justice slogans, such as “Black Lives Matter,” on the back of his jersey, Saturday, July 12, when the NBA season resumes later this month at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.

“I didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey…It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players… Just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”

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James, who has often spoken out against racism and police brutality in America said that he meant no disrespect to the list provided by NBA… “Just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”


The NBA superstar wishes he was given an opportunity to have some input into the jersey change.

“I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey, but I’m OK with that. … I don’t need to have something on the back of the jersey for people to understand my mission and what I’m about.”

According to AFP, James is one of just 17 players out of 285 who so far have opted to continue using their family names on the back of their jerseys.

The majority of NBA players have decided to pick a social justice message.

according to Sacramento Bee, Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said he chose “Anti-Racist” from the list of the NBA’s approved messages. Kent Bazemore chose “Education Reform.” Marvin Bagley III chose “Freedom.”

“I picked Freedom,” Bagley said. “That’s what’s going to be on my jersey. That one words means a lot to me, whenever I see it or hear it. There’s a lot going on, and with all of this going on, until African Americans have an equal playing field, we’re not free.”


NBA’s list of suggested social justice slogans, agreed on by the players union and NBA owners and then made available to players, include “I Can’t Breathe,” George Floyd’s last words before he died after a police officer knelt on his neck.

Other messages include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.

Agence France-Presse

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