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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Monday he will have “Equality” written on the back of his jersey during the restarted NBA season in Orlando, per Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
The NBA announced earlier this month it will allow players to put messages related to social justice on their jerseys, helping them use their platform for change amid worldwide protests against racial injustice.
The league and NBPA agreed upon a limited list of options, including “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breath,” and “Say Her Name.”
The league also plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the courts at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Several players are taking advantage of the messages on their jerseys, with Rudy Gobert also choosing “Equality,” while Damian Lillard will put “How Many More?” on his back, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Antetokounmpo will participate as he continues to use his platform to discuss social issues.
The reigning MVP has spoken about injustice on social media and took part in a protest in Milwaukee last month along with teammates.
“We want change, we want justice, and that’s why we’re out here,” he told a crowd in June, per Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s what we’re going to do today. That’s why I’m going to march with you.”
LeBron James notably chose not to put a message on his jersey, saying it “didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission,” per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
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