The NBA has almost always been great at taking progressive stances in the United States. In light of the tragic and frankly, disgusting behaviors of our American police departments, injustice towards the LGBT+ community, among other issues, sports leagues around the world, including European soccer, has done its part in showing support. The Premier League has been sporting “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in place of their last names on player’s kits. The NBA has approved today, that they will be following suit.
The NBA has approved the following social messages include: Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, I Can’t Breathe, Justice, Peace, Equality, Freedom, among many more.
It’s great to see a global brand like the NBA with global icons such as Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and other superstars shed light on these issues by literally wearing it on their jerseys. Lebron James has been very vocal about social justice on social media. Damien Lillard, among many other stars have participated in protests around the country. It may be a small step in the grand scheme of things but it is a step in the right direction.