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Report: NBA, WNBA To Paint Black Lives Matter On Courts

Jun 29, 2020, 6:13 PM | Updated: 6:19 pm
Members of the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics basketball teams rally at the MLK Memorial...
Members of the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics basketball teams rally at the MLK Memorial to support Black Lives Matter (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA might be representing the Black Lives Matter movement by painting the phrase on the basketball court when the season returns at The Walt Disney World Resorts. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne, the courts could see Black Lives Matter painted at midcourt, on the sidelines, and in the arenas where teams will be playing. Likewise, the WNBA will feature the phrase as it returns to action at Florida’s IMG Academy in July.

The NBA and the Players Association have struggled with the league’s return in light of the racial injustice protests that have swept the country. Some players worried that the league’s return would overshadow the importance of the ongoing protests.

According to ESPN, leaders from the WNBA have suggested players wear shooting shirts that read ”Say Her Name” to shed light on the killing of Black women at the hands of police.

Statements On Jerseys

The NBA and the NBAPA plan to allow players to replace their last names on the back of their jerseys with statements calling for social justice, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Over the weekend, Charania reported the “NBPA sent players initial details on the plan tonight, stating it is working with the league and Nike. NBA and the players union have been discussing various ways to allow players to express social justice issues in season restart.”

Last week, commissioner Adam Silver and the NBAPA released a memo pushing for greater social justice.

“The NBA and NBPA are both committed to fostering an environment that encourages candid conversations between players and league and team leadership and finding tangible and sustainable ways to address racial inequality across the country,” The memo read. “The group that met yesterday agreed in principle that the goal of the season restart in Orlando will be to take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.”

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