Sport VIDEO: Jimmy Butler Forced to Change Jersey Ahead of Heat-Nuggets Tipoff
NBA makes Butler switch nameless jersey before start of Heat-Nuggets
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler walked onto the hardwood donning a nameless jersey prior to the start of Saturday's matinee between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. Statement made. #BlackLivesMatter@JimmyButler pic.twitter.com/HKT63unwoz — x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 1, 2020 However, before the game, NBA referees instructed Butler to switch into a jersey with a nameplate on it. ButlerStatement made. #BlackLivesMatter@JimmyButler pic.twitter.
As a part of the's social justice initiative while down in the Florida bubble, players were allowed to select from a list of messages to put on the back of their jerseys in place of their names for the opening week of the season. Those messages will remain throughout the playoffs, but below the names rather than replacing them.
Most players chose to wear messages like Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Equality, and Vote. A handful, like, chose not to. wanted to wear nothing on his jersey to make his own statement on equality, but the league told him he could not do that. Butler did not let that stop him and took the floor for the 's first seeding game in Orlando with a jersey that had no name on it. He was forced to change, delaying tipoff by a few minutes.
Following Jimmy Butler’s lead, 30 players requested no name on back of jersey
“If I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no different than anybody else of color.” That was part of Jimmy Butler‘s logic for requesting a blank nameplate on the back of his jersey during the restart in Orlando, as Butler told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports. The idea of the blank nameplate has not cleared by the NBA “as of now”, reports Tim Reynolds of the AP (the Heat are prepping a “Butler” jersey currently, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinal). Per sources, it appears as of now that Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler's request to wear no name on the back of his jersey at the NBA restart will not be honored.
Statement made.— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT)
Butler's point was made, and additionally reminded everyone how stupid it is that the NBA is limiting their players like this. There's really no harm in letting them express themselves however they choose. If Butler wants to wear a blank jersey to show that, NBA player or not, everybody deserves equal rights, then let him do that.
Just another powerful image coming from the bubble, though. The next few months will be full of similar statements. It will be great to see.
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