Lebron James will be one of the few players in the NBA that it will not change the name that appears in its number in the return to the competition in Orlando. The American League has approved the inclusion of anti-discrimination messages on the jerseys, but one of the most popular players has decided not to join the initiative. « I don’t need to have something on the back of the shirt for people to understand my mission and what is it about, ”argues the 23rd of the Lakers about his decision to keep his name on the elastic.
« I will not use a name on the back of my shirt », LeBron James explained this weekend. The Lakers player will continue to wear « James » on 23, instead of joining the initiative approved by the NBA that allowed the inclusion of anti-discrimination messages following the death of George Floyd. “It is not disrespectful to the list that was transmitted to all the players. I commend anyone who decides to put something on the back of the shirt. It’s just that something didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal, ”says LeBron.
In the cited list are the messages that NBA players may wear on the return from the competition in Orlando, including « Black lives matter », « Say your name », « I can’t breathe », « Vote! », « Freedom » and many others, many of them repeated in the numerous protests that took place throughout the United States after the murder of Floyd.
« I would have loved to have a say by putting something on the back of the shirt, but I agree with that. Nor do I need to have something on the back of the shirt so people can understand my mission and what it’s about« Added LeBron James about his decision not to join the majority of players who will include a message on their shirts. Until Wednesday, 285 of the 350 eligible NBA players had chosen a social justice message to put it on their jerseys, while 17 chose to continue using their names, according to the executive director of the National Association of Basketball Players.