"With these jerseys, it doesn't go away". The latest examples have come with the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Numerous players throughout the league have been taking part in protests, and there have been some players who have noted that they would rather fight against white supremacy, then play in the league's bubble city. He said suggestions will be offered for players who are searching for a cause to support.
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. There will also be suggestions offered to players looking for a cause to get behind on their jerseys. "While Adam Silver said on Friday that the league would be forming a committee to try to enact real change, while LeBron James has been leading a new coalition of athletes and entertainers named 'More Than a Vote", the league and their main apparel provider are trying to give a symbolic gesture to the players as well. The NBA was 74.9 percent Black during the 2018-19 season, according to 2019 NBA Complete Racial and Gender Report Card released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida last Wednesday. "The reason I'm passionate and excited about it is that it gives a voice to the voiceless".
ESPN's Marc Spears spoke with Paul about the fact that players will be permitted to express themselves in such a manner.
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. "Our guys have been marching on the frontlines and using their platforms".
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. You're going to continue to hear us and see us".