LeBron James will not be wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey during the NBA season restart in Orlando.
Last week it was revealed that the NBPA and the NBA had come together to approve several different social justice messages players could wear on the back of their jerseys during the season.
NBA and NBPA have reached an agreement on social justice messages that can be displayed above the number on the back of jerseys, per @marcjspears
Here are some of them:
◾️ Black Lives Matter
◾️ Say Their Names
◾️ Say Her Name
◾️ I Can't Breathe
◾️ Equality pic.twitter.com/xxzMSFLBfW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 3, 2020
During his press availability on Saturday, LeBron told the media he wouldn’t be wearing a social justice message on his jersey because he was dissatisfied with the messages provided and he was disappointed the NBA didn’t reach out to him for ideas.
LeBron James said on a Zoom call that he won’t be putting any of the NBA’s approved messages on the back of his jersey in Orlando. He said he had a couple ideas in mind that he might have gone with, but wasn’t consulted.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 11, 2020
LeBron said he wasn't consulted on the approved messages and won't be adding one to the back of his jersey.
"I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. … I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey." pic.twitter.com/GKVebRKV56
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2020
LeBron 2/2: … "It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal. I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind but I wasn’t part of that process and that’s OK.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 11, 2020