WATCH: Heat's Jimmy Butler hopes to keep nameplate blank


Posted at Jul 15 2020 11:13 AM

Miami Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler plans to keep the nameplate on his jersey blank, as opposed to using one of the social justice messages approved by the league.

Butler explained his decision in a recent interview, stressing that he respects the list of messages that the league came up with, including "Black Lives Matter," "Equality," and "Say Their Name," among others.

"I hope that my last name doesn't go in there as well," he said. "For me, I felt like with no message, with no name, it's going back to who I was."

"If I wasn't who I was today, I'm no different than anybody else of color," he said.

Several Heat players have already chosen the messages that they will put at the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. 

According to ESPN, Butler has yet to get the NBA's approval for his plan to leave his nameplate blank, but is hoping to do so.

"I'm hoping I get that opportunity, though. I really am," said Butler, a five-time NBA All-Star.

Butler, an eight-year veteran, is averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game for Miami, which has a 41-24 record for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA season will restart on July 30, after being put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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