LeBron James won’t wear social justice message on his jersey

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Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are keeping their last names on the back of their jerseys for the NBA's 22-team restart in Orlando, Fla., opting against using a social justice message.

Teammate LeBron James also didn't pick any of the 29 statements the NBA and its players' association approved, saying the available choices "didn't seriously resonate with my mission".

James said he chose to forgo a social justice message because the available options didn't "resonate" for him or his particular feelings about the movement.

"I just think that in this moment in time, this is the message".

James, who has often spoken out against racism and police brutality in America, is passing on the NBA's plan to help bring attention to racial inequality by having players wear messages like "I Can't Breathe" instead of their family names. I commend anyone that decides something on the back of our jersey.

"I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of the jersey, but I'm OK with that. I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn't part of that process which is OK".


"I didn't go with a name on the back of my jersey", the Los Angeles Lakers forward James said Saturday.

Both James and Davis have been outspoken about social justice causes in the past, although the younger Davis is less vocal than James. "I'm absolutely OK with that".

"Everything that I do has a objective, has a meaning", the four-time NBA MVP said.

The Undefeated reported that as of Saturday, all 350 players had decided whether to place a message on their jerseys, with at least 17 deciding against it.

JaVale McGee recently said that he would use "Respect Us", while Kyle Korver will use "Black Lives Matter". "So sacrificing my family at times was the most challenging and hardest part of it all."The Lakers (49-14) hold a 5 1/2-game lead over the Clippers for the top seed in the Western Conference".

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