NBA league officials have agreed that after the scheduled resumption of the season (July 30) in Orlando, Florida, basketball players have on their shirts instead of names social slogans about equality and justice – American media reported.
This is the result of an agreement between the league authorities and the National Players’ Union (NBPA). It is also known from unofficial sources that Nike has agreed to this solution, producing basketball outfits.
The NBA decision is related to recent protests and riots, especially violent in the US, after the death of the black American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. He died after a brutal intervention of a policeman who kept his knee on his throat for several minutes.
NBA basketball players recently spoke on this issue, as well as on the issue of racism in the US. Not for the first time anyway. In 2014, after the death of African American Eric Garner at the hands of the New York police, the biggest NBA stars: LeBron James, Kobie Bryant or Kylie Irving wore T-shirts with an inscription referring to the last words spoken by Garner.
The season of 22 top teams, halted by the March 11 coronavirus pandemic, is expected to begin on July 30, with all matches taking place at Disney World in Orlando.