August 5, 2020

Jimmy Butler’s blank jersey request was disallowed

As a part of its restart plan, the NBA is permitting its gamers to put on social justice messages on the again of their jerseys to carry consciousness to the problems of police brutality and inequality that plague Black folks in America.

However, there may be one enormous caveat that comes with that. The gamers have been allowed to decide on what message they wished to placed on the again of their jerseys, however provided that it was one of many 29 messages the league permitted.

Jimmy Butler didn’t wish to use a league permitted message, although. He didn’t wish to use his identify both. He simply wished to depart his jersey blank.

And so, with out the league’s approval, he tried it on Saturday forward of the Heat’s recreation towards the Denver Nuggets. And officers refused to begin the sport till he placed on a jersey with a reputation plate on it.

Here’s the beginning of the sport with Butler sporting the jersey. Officials made him return to the bench and alter.


He requested permission from the league a number of weeks in the past to do it, saying he felt prefer it correctly represented who he’d be if he wasn’t a basketball participant.

“I love and respect all of the messages the league did choose, but for me, I felt like with no message, with no name, it’s going back to who I was. And if I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no different than anybody else of color. And I want that to be by message…everybody has the same rights no matter what.” 

That’s a well-reasoned and clearly thought out stance from Butler, however the league nonetheless shut it down. It’s truthfully not the best search for the NBA. Policing messages is rarely a great look.

Oh nicely. Good on Butler to present it a shot anyway.

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