NBA Stars Reveal What Social Justice Messages They're Wearing


The NBA, perhaps as a response to several players opining that the bubble season would take away from the important protests continuing to rage across the country, released a list of approved social justice messages that the athletes can wear on their uniforms.

"Black Lives Matter," "Say Their Names," and "I Can't Breathe" are among the many messages that have been permitted. Some players have expressed their disappointment with the list, including the Celtics' Jaylen Brown, who would like more options (according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive).

However, many players are using the opportunity to select the messages which they find most important to share, while some are opting not to use any of the messages at all.

"Equality" is the message that will be seen on the largest amount of jerseys, followed by "Black Lives Matter" (according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN). Below you'll find a list, sorted by team, of the messages that players will be displaying on their jerseys throughout the resumed NBA season.

This list is inconclusive and comprised of only players on the 22 teams in Orlando who have shared their messages. Unless otherwise noted, message choices retrieved from

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis - "Black Lives Matter"

Vincent Porier - "Égalité" (French for "Equality")

Tacko Fall - "Liberté" (French for "Freedom")

Javonte Green, Romeo Langford, Brad Wanamaker - "Enough"

Grant Williams, Carson Edwards - "Equality"

Enes Kanter - "Freedom"

Marcus Smart - Smart said he wanted to put "I Matter" on the back of his jersey, but that wasn't among the choices, and he will go with "Freedom" instead.

Jaylen Brown - As mentioned above, Brown was disappointed in the limited amount of messages available. He also said that he thinks the restart will "enhance, rather than dim" the social justice movement. In terms of what he'll wear, he was "leaning toward just leaving it blank," but instead went with "Liberation".

Gordon Hayward - "Education Reform"

Kemba Walker, Semi Ojeleye - "Love Us"

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets released a video featuring each of their players' choices.

Jarrett Allen - "Si Se Puede"

Justin Anderson - "Equality"

Chris Chiozza - "Black Lives Matter"

Jamal Crawford - "Equality"

Donta Hall - "Equality"

Joe Harris - "Equality"

Tyler Johnson - "How Many More"

Rodions Kurucs - "Peace"

Caris LeVert - "Black Lives Matter"

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - "Liberte"

Jeremiah Martin - "How Many More"

Dzanan Musa - "Peace"

Garrett Temple - "Education Reform"

Lance Thomas - "Say Her Name"

Dallas Mavericks

The entire Mavericks team will wear the same word on their uniforms -- “Equality” -- though in the case of foreign-born players like Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the word will be translated into their native languages (via Mike Fisher).

Denver Nuggets

According to Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports, the social justice messages selected are as follows:

The team has also reportedly been taking pictures with messages like "Vote" and "Time for a change" amid the Denver skyline, according to Alex Labidou of

Will Barton said he opted not to wear a message, giving the following explanation (via ABC7 Amarillo):

"If we think just us going out there, putting names on the back of our jerseys and still talking about it in the media is going to fix anything, we're fooling ourselves."

Houston Rockets

Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington - "Black Lives Matter"

Russell Westbrook and the NBPA have partnered up to release a number of shirts with social justice messages.

Eric Gordon, Michael Frazier - "Equality"

Luc Mbah a Moute - "Justice"

Bruno Caboclo, Chris Clemons - "Justice Now"

Jeff Green - "Vote"

Star James Harden says he hadn't decided whether or not he would use a social justice message earlier on, and ultimately opted not to wear one.

Ben McLemore says that he will rock customized social justic