NBA News: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association plan to plot the phrase "Black Lives Matter" on all courts when the season begins in July, a source familiar with the plan told CNN.
The news was first reported by ESPN and comes when athletes from all sports are calling for justice in black deaths by police. Both the League and the Players' Union have announced the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many former and current NBA players have made statements, published posts on social media, or have written about protests after George Floyd's death in police custody.
LeBron James posted a photo on Instagram with one side showing the officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the phrase "This... ... Is Why" and the caption "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke."
"Deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Michael Jordan wrote in a statement after Floyd's death.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protesters in a strong editorial for the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
The Hall of Famer wrote, "African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, suffocating from smoke as fire ignites more closely. Racism in the United States is like dust in the air. It looks invisible, even if you are suffocating on it. wrote a member of the Hall of Fame:"
The NBA 2019-2020 season will resume on July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to a coronavirus.
Article Source: CNN
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