The NBA was one of the leagues to address social justice issues when it resumed the Disney World bubble in July after a month-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the wake of the police-induced deaths of black Americans and the riots that followed, the NBA announced it would put “Black Lives Matter” on the courts in Orlando, Florida, and allow players to wear a message of justice. club approved by the league. on the back of the shirts during planting matches.
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ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast Wednesday that not all NBA owners were on board to put Black Lives Matter on the pitch. Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly told owners that the supportive sentence was going to the courts no matter how much they complained.
“Not all NBA owners were thrilled to have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the pitch,” said Wojnarowski.
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“I know they all weren’t. Some are extremely supportive. Some less. None of them publicly so (to be criticized). But I know Adam Silver told them: ‘Hey guys, this is what we’re going to do to support our players. Our league is overwhelmingly made up of African American players. This is important. This is a partnership. We must work together to get through this season and next year. ‘
“I’ll be curious to know how the relationship and the partnership go on. So far, what has allowed this thing to work, especially the Players Association and the league, more than any other (sports leagues), have been able to really unite on things. I wonder if there will be any fragmentation among the owners if this season crumbles. “
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It was not made clear which owners did not support the initiative.