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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.
Issues of social justice have been front and center across the sports world. Watch our previous report on the push to change the name of Cleveland’s MLB team in the video below:
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Antonio Brown signs one-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, source says – ESPN

Antonio Brown has signed his one-year deal with the Bucs that has a base salary of $750,000 but can reach $2.5 million if he reaches his incentives, a source told…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Antonio Brown officially signed his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday morning, sources told ESPN. It is a one-year deal for a base salary of $750,000 with incentives that could push the value to $2.5 million, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
He can earn $750,000 if the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl and has three $250,000 incentives for 45 receptions, 650 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season. For Brown to earn the individual incentives, the Buccaneers must…

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Odell Beckham Jr. suffers season-ending injury: how it affects his contract with the Browns – Fox Business

Odell Beckham Jr. is likely going to miss the remainder of the 2020 season after sustaining a torn ACL on Sunday but the injury could play in his favor next year…

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Odell Beckham Jr. is likely going to miss the remainder of the 2020 season after sustaining a torn ACL on Sunday but the injury could play in his favor next year under the terms of his contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The New York Giants traded Beckham to the Browns in 2018. A core muscle injury last year, coupled with a slow start this year and no remaining guarantees on his contract after this season, have left many wondering if the star wide receiver might be traded or cut.
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Morning sports update: Bill Belichick explained why he’s sticking with Cam Newton as Patriots starting quarterback – Boston.com

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