Jul 25, 2020 - Sports

NBA players pick social justice jersey messaging

Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13), wearing a Black History Month t-shirt,

Houston Rockets Guard James Hardenwearing a Black History Month T-shirt in 2018. Photo: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NBA released a list of social-justice statements that players can wear on their jerseys when the seeding games begins this coming Thursday, and continuing through the season, AP's Tim Reynolds writes.

By the numbers: 16% of players on rosters for the restart chose not to have a message.

  • "Equality" was the most popular selection, accounting for 25% of the player choices — and it will be worn in nine languages. Besides English, players opted to wear it in their native Italian, French, Bosnian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, German, Spanish and Latvian.
  • "Black Lives Matter" was the second-most popular choice, at 16%.

The NBA is expected to resume its season and playoffs on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.

Team-by-team messages.

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