With the season restarting only weeks away, the NBA is committing to represent the Black Lives Matter movement in Orlando. For the remainder of the regular season, ‘Black Lives Matter’ will be painted on every court that is used in games.
The news comes a week after the league informed players they can support social causes on the back of their jerseys, rather than their last names.
The NBA is following the likes of the Premier League and National Women’s Soccer League that have publicly supported the movement. Prior to its respective season restarting, the Premier League announced that players will ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their jerseys for the first handful games in their return, and then a ‘BLM’ patch for the remainder of the season.
NWSL opened their season with players wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts and players kneeling during the anthem.
This isn’t the first time that sports and social justice movements have blended together. Now with one of the biggest leagues joining forces with the Black Lives Matter movement, it’ll only get stronger.