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Players in restart can replace last name on NBA jersey with social justice message

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton in his Black Lives Matter home shirt during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on June 21 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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The first week of Premier League games in England, players’ last names across the backs of their jerseys were replaced with “Black Lives Matter.”

When the NBA restarts in Orlando, players will be able to do something similar to support social justice, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

It’s akin to what Angel McCoughtry of the WNBA is proposing the league does when it returns to the court in July. She posted this to her Instagram account last week.

The NBA has said it wants the restart to address issues of racial inequality and systemic racism, and this can be one part of that effort. A very visible part. Allowing the players to customize what is across the back of their jerseys makes it more personal and the statement will get seen.

The NBA needs to do things more concrete than this as well, but this is an excellent first step.