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LeBron James won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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…

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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 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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Astros facing largest divisional deficit since 2016; three reasons why Houston is off to a slow start – CBS Sports

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Derrick Lewis promises to be even scarier after more weight loss, ready to ‘finish’ Curtis Blaydes next – MMA Fighting

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Why Michigan lost the recruiting battle for Clarkston OL Rocco Spindler – MLive.com

Spindler chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and LSU on Saturday. But the decision had been planted more than a year ago.

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