LeBron James will put his own name on the back of his jersey instead of any preapproved statements at the NBA Bubble in Orlando.
LA Lakers superstar LeBron James has said that he will not put any social justice statements on the back of his jersey at the Bubble restart in Orlando. Instead, James will put his own name and not any pre-approved statements by the NBA.
LeBron James to put his own name on the back of his jersey
Talking on a video conference on Saturday, LeBron revealed that he won’t be putting any pre-approved social justice statements on the back of his jersey at the Bubble.
LeBron James says he will wear his name, “James,” on the back of his jersey in NBA restart.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 11, 2020
As part of the nationwide social justice movement sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd. NBA players are allowed to choose from a list of pre-approved social justice statements agreed between the NBA and the players association.
What did James say?
LeBron James has confirmed that he won’t be putting any social justice message on his jersey during the NBA Bubble restart in Orlando.
The Lakers star feels that he doesn’t need to put a message on the back of his jersey to send out a message. His work towards the ‘Black Lives matter’ movement speaks for itself and people know what he stands for.
“It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players,” The Lakers star said Saturday in a conference call.
“I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
“Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning. 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.” the former MVP continued.
“I would have loved to have the say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK. I’m absolutely OK with that.” – @KingJames
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) July 11, 2020
James said that he wishes that he would have had a say in the jersey names. But he supports the initiative and players who are taking part in the initiative.
“I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey. I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process which is OK.”
The 35-year-old has been involved in a lot of social work in his career and says he will continue to do so behind the scenes, He has been actively involved in the Black Lives Matter campaign as well.
“Being able to use my platform, use the NBA’s platform, to continue to talk about what’s going on. Because I will not stop until I see real change for us in Black America, for African Americans, for people of color. And I also believe I can do both, though.” said LeBron.
Not wearing a social justice message in Orlando may seem inconsistent with LeBron’s long history of activism. But, like he says, “Everything that I do has a purpose.” My first story from Orlando from LA. https://t.co/ui1m69vFLb
— Bill Oram (@billoram) July 12, 2020
LeBron James and the Lakers in Orlando
The superstar heads to the Bubble in Orlando with the Lakers to win their first championship in 10 years. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James leading the way, fans feel this could be the best possible season for Lakers to win that elusive NBA title
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