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Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

When the NBA returns to action in Orlando later this month, some players will have the option to replace their last name on their jerseys with social justice statements. 

Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner will be one of those players that will be opting to do so, according to the TNT's Chris Haynes. Wagner will have 'Vote' on the back of his jersey.

The second-year player will join several other stars that will be speaking out by virtue of their jerseys. As of now, he joins Rudy Gobert, C.J. McCollum, Pat Connaughton and others who will have a social justice message on their threads. 

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) - "Equality"
CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) - 'Equality"
Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) - "Education Reform"
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers) - "Vote"
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) - "Equality"
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat) - "Equality"
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers) - "Enough"
Moe Wagner (Wizards) - "Vote

More players will likely join-in to wear these statements. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this option allowing the players to inspire change on a large platform while restarting the 2020 season. The players can continue important conversations regarding race and social injustice as opposed to basketball serving as a distraction to larger issues within the country.

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Some players are "disgruntled with the lack of options" the NBA provided, according to Haynes. There are 28 options for players to chose from, along with their regular last name. According to ESPN, here are the phrase options:

-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Names
-Vote
-I Can't Breathe
-Justice
-Peace
-Equality
-Freedom
-Enough
-Power to the People
-Justice Now
-Say Her Name
-Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)
-Liberation
-See Us
-Hear Us
-Respect Us
-Love Us
-Listen
-Listen to Us
-Stand Up
-Ally
-Anti-Racist
-I Am A Man
-Speak Up
-How Many More
-Group Economics
-Education Reform
-Mentor

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Report: Former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton will participate in NBA's Slam Dunk contest

Report: Former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton will participate in NBA's Slam Dunk contest

There was a time when Orioles fans might've thought they would see Pat Connaughton of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks suit up for the birds.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Orioles in 2014, the 6-foot-5 pitching prospect posted a 2.45 ERA in 14 2/3 innings for Class A Short Season Aberdeen in 2014. But after being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015, Connaughton stuck in the NBA and has yet to return to baseball. 

Still, O's fans will get a chance to see the former flame-thrower on Feb. 15, as he's reportedly set to participate in the NBA's Slam Dunk contest as part of NBA All-Star 2020.

Connaughton, who remains under Orioles control through 2020, has accepted an invite to participate in the competiton, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. He'll join the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon, Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard and Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. as players confirmed to participate.

Connaughton was paid a $428,000 signing bonus after being drafted out of Notre Dame by the O's. Though he has since enjoyed a five-year NBA career, Baltimore never attempted to recoup the bonus, holding out hope he might someday return to baseball.

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