Sport NBA makes Butler switch nameless jersey before start of Heat-Nuggets
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.
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, All-Star forwardwalked onto the hardwood donning a nameless jersey prior to the start of Saturday's matinee between the and .
Statement made.— x - Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT)
However, before the game, NBA referees instructed Butler to switch into a jersey with a nameplate on it.
Heat excuse Butler from Sunday's practice
Jimmy Butler didn't participate in Sunday's practice, as the Miami Heat granted the forward an excused absence for undisclosed reasons, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. Butler, who started in Miami's 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, remains inside the NBA's bubble in Orlando. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra declined to elaborate on the reason for Butler's absence. Teammate Jae Crowder hinted at the All-Star possibly being in self-isolation."We're going to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine and whatever he's in," Crowder said.
Butler previously made ato wear a nameless jersey during games, but the league opted against it. The 30-year-wanted to express his belief that he's not any different than "anybody else of color."
Over 30 playersrequested to wear jerseys with no nameplates during the season restart.
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