Following Jimmy Butler’s lead, 30 gamers requested no name on back of jersey
“If I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no various than anybody else of color.”
That became part of Jimmy Butler’s reasoning for requesting a blank nameplate on the back of his jersey during the restart in Orlando, as Butler informed Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
The idea of the blank nameplate has unclear by the NBA “as of now”, reports Tim Reynolds of the AP (the Heat are prepping a “Butler” jersey currently, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinal).
However, the demand has actually not yet been shot down by the league– and it’s possible that the volume of requests, more than 30 different gamers, could change the league’s feeling. The 30 number comes from Goodwill.
The league assembled a curated list of social justice messages that gamers might use on their jerseys, but the list was not extensive enough for many players, who wanted more. In response, the NBPA and Russell Westbrook’s clothes company teamed up for a line of social justice message clothing that is expected to be offered soon.
In the meantime, Jimmy Butler and 30+ other NBA players wait for word on whether their jersey can go anonymous throughout games.