National Basketball Association may allow players to personalise jerseys with social justice messages

NBA to allow players to put social justice statements on jerseys	
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NBA to allow players to put social justice statements on jerseys Peter Powell Pool via Getty Images

Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, said the union and the league are now collaborating on the initiative.

The NBA and NBPA are working on a plan to allow players to replace the last name of their jersey with a social justice statement, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic. "With these jerseys, it doesn't go away".

That desire was evidenced in the NBA's return-to-play plan itself, which read in part that "the goal of the season restart will be to find tangible and sustainable ways to address racial inequality across the country".

Slogans could include "Black Lives Matter", or "I Can't Breathe", or other sayings and slogans for the causes in which players want to appear involved.

"I was just thinking about how forward-thinking our league is and how passionate the players in our league are about different issues", Paul said. He said suggestions will be offered for players who are searching for a cause to support.

Whether or not he has "Paul" written on the back of his jersey, everyone knows exactly who No. 3 on the Oklahoma City Thunder is.

Paul added that players would not be pressured to add social justice slogans to their jerseys, but they will be confronted with a range of options from which to choose.

"The guys I talked to were definitely excited", Paul said. It also gives guys a chance to shine a light on something they are passionate about.

The jersey design change is just one idea from a long list of different plans for National Basketball Association players to use their platform as a mouthpiece for social reform.

While basketball is coming soon, it's clear the players have more than just the game on their minds.

"At marches they are saying, 'Say his name ..."

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