NBA: Lakers' Davis won't wear social justice message on jersey


Posted at Jul 13 2020 01:17 PM

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis. Photo courtesy of Klutch Sports/Davis on Instagram (antdavis23)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis has chosen to keep his last name at the back of his jersey, rather than use a social justice message approved by the NBA and players' union.

ESPN reported that Davis was "torn" about the decision, but ultimately decided to use his last name so as to represent his family when the NBA restarts at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida at the end of the month.

"I didn't know what to decide," Davis said. "Should I have a social justice message or should I have my last name there? I just think my last name is something that is very important to me. Also, social justice as well."

"But just holding my family name and representing the name on the back to go through this process and my name and people who've been with me through my entire career to help me get to this point. While still kind of bringing up things that we can do for social injustice," he explained.

This comes after Lakers superstar LeBron James revealed that he, too, will be keeping his last name at the back of his jersey, as the social justice messages approved by the league were "something that didn't really seriously resonate with my mission."

"I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey. I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn't part of that process which is OK. I don't need to have something on the back of the jersey for people to understand my mission and what I'm about and what I am here to do," James had said.

According to ESPN, 285 of 350 eligible players had selected a social justice message to put on the back of their jerseys. Among them is Milwaukee guard Kyle Korver, who will use "Black Lives Matter."

"I just think that in this moment in time, this is the message. Anything I would ever hope to convey on the back of a jersey is represented in these three words," Korver said, according to ESPN.

Aside from "Black Lives Matter," the messages that were agreed upon by the league and the players' union were: Say Their Names; Vote; I Can't Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.

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