The Boston Celtics have chosen to make a statement via their jerseys in the NBA bubble.
The Celtics offered fans a sneak peek Wednesday of the black-and-white uniforms their players will wear during the 2020 NBA restart in Orlando.
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In doing so, they revealed the social justice-themed messages Celtics players chose to display on the back of their jerseys instead of their names.
Enough.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
Education Reform. pic.twitter.com/pPruTx8AYz
Freedom.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/3ULhri9fxt
Égalité.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
All 17 Celtics on the current roster will have a message other than their name on the back of their jerseys. Here's the full list of their messages, courtesy of The Boston Globe's Nicole Yang:
The Celtics have chosen the messages to be worn on the backs of their jerseys: pic.twitter.com/9mwheXY8Gz— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) July 29, 2020
The Celtics have been committed to promoting social equality and highlighting racial injustice since arriving in Orlando. Marcus Smart has repeatedly called for justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT from Louisville who was shot dead by a police officer in March, while Jaylen Brown also has spoken at length about Taylor's death while calling for systemic change.
Brown, who admitted earlier this month he was "disappointed" in the list of messages the NBA allowed players to wear on their jerseys, chose to wear "Liberation" on his No. 7 jersey.
The Celtics' first "seeding" game is this Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks, with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Bucks, which begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 6:30 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.