The NBA is reportedly looking to make a major statement when they return from their coronavirus-related break.
ESPN reports when the season resumes at the end of July, all three courts at Disney will have “Black Lives Matter” painted onto the court. Players will also be allowed to wear warm-up shirts with words or phrases to express their solidarity with the black community.
According to the report, the WNBA is looking to implement similar measures:
Sources also said some WNBA players have suggested in talks with league higher-ups that players wear warm-up shirts with “Say Her Name” on them in an attempt to keep attention on female victims of police brutality, including Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in March in her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Players have insisted that the fight for racial equality and social justice be a central part of the NBA’s return to play and the WNBA’s new season. Several NBA players considered skipping the NBA’s resumption to focus on social justice issues. Several WNBA players, including Renee Montgomery of the Atlanta Dream and Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics, are sitting out the upcoming WNBA season to focus on social justice.
ESPN also reports the players union and the league are still holding talks about allowing players to reflect personalized messages to reflect social justice on their official jerseys.
It is unclear what teams or other stadiums will implement the new changes.
In contrast to the decision, the Daily Caller reports the proposed changes are a “terrible idea.”
From the report:
No matter what you think about the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this is a terrible idea. It’s a really bad idea, and the NBA should abandon it.
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You can love the BLM movement and still recognize that politicizing our sports is not going to end well at all.
Furthermore, is it really appropriate for the NBA to paint a political message on a court that not every player might agree with?
If the NBA painted “Make Abortions Illegal” on the court, there would be massive outrage. There’d also be outrage if they painted “Abortions For Everyone.”