Fans question where to purchase the NBA Black Lives Matter shirt after Pelicans and Jazz players kneel wearing BLM shirts during the National anthem.
Following the racial unrest that has gripped the United States in recent months, it seemed inevitable and despite the NBA not allowing such a gesture, it has now become a reality. The NBA restarted with the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, kneeling during the national anthem as a form of silent protest against racial inequality in the country.
All players and coaches with the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts and locked arms while the NBA played a public service announcement about systemic racism. Team staff members and officials joined them, too.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 30, 2020
The NBA has a rule that states “players, coaches and trainers have to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines during the national anthem.” The league adopted this rule in 1981 and has enforced it since then. However, the rule was cast aside in order to highlight the issues that currently plague the U.S and its citizens.
Fans question where to purchase the NBA Black Lives Matter shirt
Players from both teams wore messages on the back of their jerseys such as “Black Lives Matter”, “Equality”, “I Can’t Breathe”, “Say Their Names”, “Education Reform” and “Ally” among other league- and union-approved messages.
Fans have since taken to social media asking where they can purchase the shirts.
I hope the NBA and Nike sell those Black Lives Matter shooting shirts and then donate the money to Black Lives Matter charities
— Banner Banter Podcast (@BannerBanter18) July 30, 2020
— The Wolf of 3rd Street (@TheImmaculateC) July 30, 2020
@NBA where can we buy nba black lives matter shirts?
— Justin Rivera (@justinrivera86) July 30, 2020
@NBA when will the black lives matter player shirts be available?
— Mizter Wonderful (@TheMarcusGraham) July 30, 2020
At the moment there is no word on where to purchase these shirts from. However Miami Heat released a collection of Black Lives Matter shirts on Thursday. All of the profits from the sales of the collection will go to three organizations — Black Girls CODE, Health in the Hood and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
It should be a matter of time before the NBA shirts are made available to the public and the money received from the sales will also hopefully be donated to charity.
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