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 justice shoes, one of which is inscribed with "Black Lives Matter" and the other of which reads "Equality" (via DuBose). He has not yet spoken on the message he'll use for his jersey.

Austin Rivers - Rivers wanted to honor Trayvon Martin initially, saying that the list is too limited. He won't wear a message.

Tyson Chandler - The veteran center will not wear a message.

Indiana Pacers

Jeremy Lamb, Victor Oladipo - "Black Lives Matter"

Goga Bitadze, TJ Leaf, T.J. McConnell, Doug McDermott, Naz Mitrou-Long, Ekmond Sumner - "Equality"

Domantis Sabonis - "Mes Lygus" (Lithuanian for "Equality"

JaKarr Sampson - "Freedom"

Malcolm Brogdon - "I Can't Breathe"

Alize Johnson, T.J. Warren - "Justice"

Myles Turner - "Respect Us"

Justin Holiday - "Say Their Names"

Brian Bowen II - "Vote"

Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George - Leonard opted not to use a message, saying "It doesn’t matter if we have a statement on the back of our jersey, it’s about doing the work" (via Mark Medina of USA Today). George will also be without a message.

Patrick Beverley - Beverley will be wearing his last name. When questioned about his jersey, the guard responded "it's gonna be Beverley. Doesn't it say enough?"

Jamychal Green - "Black Lives Matter"

Marcus Morris - "Education Reform"

Montrezl Harrell, Amir Coffey - "How Many More?"

Ivica Zubac - "Enough"

Landry Shamet, Lou Williams - "Equality"

Terance Mann, Patrick Patterson - "I Am A Man"

Joakim Noah - "Justice"

Reggie Jackson - "Liberation"

Rodney McGruder - "Peace"

Los Angeles Lakers

Lebron James - LeBron will go without a message on his jersey, saying that going with one of the messages on the list "didn't really seriously resonate" with his mission and that he doesn't need a message for people to know what his goals are.

Anthony Davis - Davis, like LeBron, opted not to go with a message, saying that he was torn but that representing his family is very important to him.

Danny Green - "How Many More?"

JaVale McGee - “Respect Us

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - KCP says he's leaning toward staying with his name as opposed to using a message.

Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, Talen Horton-Tucker - "Black Lives Matter"

Quinn Cook - "Say Their Names"

Markieff Morris - "Education Reform"

JR Smith, Devontae Cacok - "Justice Now"

Kostas Antetokounmpo - "Peace"

Memphis Grizzlies

Justise Winslow - "Speak Up"

De'Anthony Melton - No Message

Gorgui Dieng - "Black Lives Matter"

Ja Morant, Grayson Allen - "Enough"

Marko Guduric, John Konchar - "Equality"

Anthony Tolliver - "Group Economics"

Josh Jackson - "I Am A Man"

Tyus Jones - "I Can't Breathe"

Kyle Anderson - "Listen To Us"

Brandon Clarke, Yuta Watanabe - "Peace"

Jaren Jackson Jr. - "Vote"

Miami Heat

The Heat released all of their players' decisions on Twitter.

You can read more about Butler's decision to wear a blank jersey here.

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo - "Equality"

Khris Middleton, Kyle Korver, Marvin Williams, D.J. Wilson - "Black Lives Matter"

Eric Bledsoe - "Freedom"

Frank Mason - "How Many More"

Ersan Ilyasova - "Justice"

George Hill, Brook Lopez - "Justice Now"

Sterling Brown - "Liberation"

Robin Lopez - "Stand Up"

Wesley Matthews - "Vote"

New Orleans Pelicans

Lonzo Ball, Jaxson Hayes, E'Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor - Equality

Jrue Holiday, Josh Hart, JJ Redick, Zylan Cheatham - "Say Their Names"

Sindarius Thornwell - "Black Lives Matter"

Brandon Ingram - "Freedom"

Kenrich Williams - "I Can't Breathe"

Derrick Favors - "Listen To Us"

Zion Williamson, Frank Jackson - "Peace"

Darius Miller - "Power to the People"

Nicolo Melli - "Uguaglianza" (Italian for "Equality")

Nickiel Alexander-Walker - "Vote"

Oklahoma City Thunder

Hamidou Diallo, Terrance Ferguson, Dennis Schroder – "Black Lives Matter"

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel – "Equality"

Chris Paul – "Equality"

Andre Roberson – "I Am A Man"

Devon Hall – "Love Us"

Mike Muscala, Abdel Nader – "Peace"

Steven Adams – "Kia Kaha" (Māori for "Stay Strong")

Luguentz Dort – "Respekte Nou" (Haitian Creole for "Respect Us")

Kevin Hervey – "Shalom" (Hebrew for "Peace")

Danilo Gallinari – "Giustizia" (Italian for "Justice")

Orlando Magic

Aaron Gordon - "Freedom"

Nikola Vucevic, DJ Augustin, Melvin Frazier Jr. - “Equality

Vic Law - "Antiracist"

Mo Bamba - "Black Lives Matter"

Robert Johnson - "How Many More"

Evan Fournier - "Justice"

James Ennis - "Justice Now"