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Anthony Davis confirms he’s not adding a social justice message to his jersey

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Anthony Davis will keep his last name on the back of his jersey this season, the big man has officially confirmed. The Brow will be one of the few NBA players who has chosen to forgo a social justice message on the back of his jersey when the season resumes in Orlando later this month.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon. Davis met with reporters via Zoom later that afternoon and discussed his decision, saying “my last name is something I try to represent every time I step on the floor.”

 

Two days earlier, the Brow’s teammate LeBron James also confirmed he’d be leaving his own last name on his jersey.

“It was no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal,” James said, according to ESPN. “I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK… I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I’m here to do.”

The list of the suggested messages that were agreed on by the NBPA and the NBA and then made available to players via email, according to ESPN, are: 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; and Mentor.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 285 of the expected 350 eligible NBA players had picked a social justice message to put on their jerseys, while 17 had opted to continue to use their names instead, National Basketball Players’ Association executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN’s The Undefeated earlier this week.

Former Cat De’Aaron Fox has chosen “Anti-Racist” for his jersey. News will likely continue to come out regarding what each player has chosen for the back his own jersey, but NBA fans will be able to officially see the new jerseys in action on the first day of the league’s restart, which is currently slated for July 30.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

23 Comments for Anthony Davis confirms he’s not adding a social justice message to his jersey



  1. Bluebloodtoo
    7:23 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    How about ” liberty and justice for all”



    • PensacolaCat
      8:10 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      You are such a racist



    • friendsofcoal
      9:49 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      How is that racist?



    • PensacolaCat
      12:43 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

      I was just kidding



    • friendsofcoal
      11:03 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Lol I was starting to worry more than I already am.



    • ukyelecteng
      10:37 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      How in the world is that racist ?



    • lexattorney
      10:38 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      It isn’t. He was being sarcastic.



  2. rockyou
    7:27 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    another reason He is one of my favorite players, not to mention he is one hell of a player!!



  3. Dr. Tom
    7:29 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m proud of you Anthony. Your response to the issue was spot on. It seems that everything now has to be politically correct and in line with the latest crowd mentality. My gosh can we at least keep politics out of sports!! Be prepared for the backlash but don’t bend. The media will come after you hard. Be strong!!



  4. oncebitten
    8:07 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    Top 10 jersey sales…. both Davis and Lebron….both made the decision to keep their name on the back…. business decision.



  5. wyatts1
    8:11 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    It went from police brutality, to if your white you must be racist if you dont agree. The left’s argument ends 1 of 2 ways, either 1 your uneducated and dont know what your talking about, or 2 your a racist. But idiots drinking the extreme left medias kool aid cant think for themselves, so what should we expect. Sad sad days for all



  6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:17 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink


    • lexattorney
      10:57 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      That is pure gold right there, Chris! It pretty much describes me perfectly when confronted by these snowflake leftists and their ridiculous, exclusionist agendas. I am currently buying Goya products in bulk lol



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:13 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

      It is a timeless clip.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:14 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

      And yes, #BuyGoya.



  7. lexattorney
    8:25 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    Either be able to support BLM, law enforcement AND criticize Communist China or NOTHING but names.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:29 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Yes.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:46 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      There should be three things on a jersey; the team’s name, the player’s name, and a number. The NBA has already screwed this up.



    • lexattorney
      10:58 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Preach, brother!!!



    • Urincatland
      4:44 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Totally agree!



  8. KaliforniaKat
    12:34 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Giving the players a list of names to choose from is so lame… if they allow names other than their real names each player should get to choose whatever they want…



  9. BleedBlue3
    9:45 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

    It’s totally not politically driven even though one of the phrases picked was literally “Vote.” Smh



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:13 am July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Correct. They mean “Vote our way”, not just “Vote”.