The NBA is wanting to do more regarding social injustice.
After June protests caused unrest in numerous cities across almost every state, many of the major sports leagues around the country and looking into what they can do to help fix the problem.
The NFL announced that they’ll be playing the Black national anthem before games. While more may still be coming, we know that at least for the NBA they’ll be allowing players to replace their last name on their jersey with a pre-established social justice message.
Former Wildcats like Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo are going to take full advantage of the NBA allowing such an action.
However, one of the more outspoken NBA players, LeBron James, is opting not to replace his name. Anthony Davis, one of the best to ever come through Lexington also will keep just his last name as well.
According to the Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang, rookie Herro who has emerged as a go-to scorer for Miami will wear “Black Lives Matter” on the back of his jersey when the NBA restarts.
The restart is currently scheduled for July 30, and it seems doubtful that anything will cause the league to postpone that with teams already down in Florida despite coronavirus continuing to spread like wildfire in the area.
The Heat, who released the social justice jersey messages for all their players, also noted that former Wildcat Bam Adebayo will join Herro with the “Black Lives Matter” phrase on his jersey.
They make up two of six players on the Heat, one of the top Eastern Conference teams, to choose that message. Others include “Love Us” and “Equality.”
“I‘m just standing behind the Black Lives Matter movement. I stand behind it and support it. And I feel I have a voice and a platform to be able to push it and that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” Chiang quoted Herro saying.