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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA res…
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble.
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It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players, James said Saturday in a confernece call from Florida. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. Its just something that didnt seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
As part of the NBA’s recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league’s restart.
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James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages.
I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey, James said. “I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasnt part of that process, which is OK. … Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning. I dont need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what Im about and what I’m here to do.”
The 35-year-old superstar has a long history of social involvement and advocacy for progressive causes. James speaks frequently of what he feels is a responsibility to campaign for positive social change from his powerful position in sports and pop culture.
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This is the mission I’ve been on for a long time now, James said. It’s great that a lot of people’s ears are opening. A lot of people are understanding, a lot of people are recognizing. A lot of people still don’t get it, and a lot of people are still afraid to talk about the racism that goes on in America, especially for our people. … But we have some ears, and we will continue to push the envelope and let everyone know that we are human as well. We don’t want to be just be used for our God-given abilities.
JaVale McGee, the Lakers veteran center, said he will wear Respect Us on his jersey in Orlando.
Its a blessing to have this platform, said McGee, whose asthma has him being particularly cautious during the pandemic. We have way more of a voice playing basketball Our fans are basketball fans over anything. This is the biggest platform we can speak about social injustices. Thats the best time to talk about it.
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James also said he didn’t consider not playing in the NBA’s restart, believing the league can be a positive force through its visibility and competition. He expressed no concerns for his health inside the bubble.
I believe the NBA and (Commissioner) Adam Silver, they took all precautionary measure to make sure that we as a league are as safe as we can be, James said. Obviously, in anything that you do, there can be things that can happen, so we will cross that line if it happens. But we’re doing everything to make sure everyone stays safe during this pandemic. Adam Silver has given me no reason to not believe him since he took over. I have no concerns. I’m here 100% and in great health.
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Just how badly does Chelsea’s midfield want Kai Havertz to replace them? – The Pride of London
As the season comes to a close with Champions League on the line, Chelsea’s midfielders will need to ask how badly they want Kai Havertz to replace them. S…
Sheffield United was an abject horror show. All credit to the Blades for being a fantastically well put together team, but Chelsea did little to stop them. From top to bottom, from big picture to small, the Blues were outclassed on the day.
It would be unfair to mention any particular section of the field when they were all not good enough. But it should be noted that on a day where the midfield and forwards had to show something given Chelsea’s transfer activity, they showed nothing at all.
So the question needs to be asked; how badly does the Chelsea midfield and forward line want Kai Havertz? It is a mere rumor for now, but one based on the Champions League qualification. But at the same time, some of these players will know it is there spot that is in jeopardy. They are playing like it.
Jorginho is the biggest culprit. After not playing since the restart and many fans crying for his inclusion, he put in just a truly awful performance. Rumors were saying he may be used to help fund the Havertz transfer and he played both like a player who knew he was leaving as well as a player who was trying to lower his value as much as humanly possible.
Ross Barkley and Mason Mount can be lumped together. Though neither was as flat out bad as the player behind them, neither had any influence on the match whatsoever. When the deepest midfielder is ineffective, the eights have to pick up the slack. Neither did and both will know Havertz would mean time on the bench for either of them.
The two wingers can get a pass on technicalities. Willian surely is not staying with his current demands regardless of where Havertz plays on the field. Christian Pulisic has been carrying the team as of late so one bad day after being run into the ground was expected.
What of Tammy Abraham? Sure, he already has Timo Werner to worry about, but Havertz has been playing up top often this season. He looks a shadow of himself from earlier in the season and whatever hunger he had seems to have gone with the real threat of Werner and the perceived threat of Havertz.
Simply put, all of these players played like they know qualifying for the Champions League means their place will be safer. That is not to suggest anything untoward, but the notion is surely weighing on their minds. Champions League should be enough of an incentive, but if it means Havertz, some of these players will struggle to maintain their position at Chelsea next season.
Frank Lampard surely knows this as well so he will need to navigate it going into the season’s final matches. He needs players who are hungry and playing for a spot next season, not players who have already given up. The final few matches will determine everything.
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