LeBron and AD opt out social justice message on Lakers uniform
The Los Angeles Lakers duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis have decided not to insert social justice message on their respective uniforms when the season resumes in Orlando, Florida.
James explained that the reason he opted out of wearing social justice message at the back of his jersey is because it something does not “resonate his goal”.
“I didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” James said. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players. I commend anyone that decides something on the back of our jersey. Just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
Meanwhile, Davis chose to honor his family first; hence, retaining his last name on his jersey.
“The name ‘Davis’ is something that I try to represent every time I step on the floor,” Davis shared. “I was kind of torn between the two. I didn’t know what to decide. Should I have a social justice message or should I have my last name there?”
“I just think my last name is something that is very important to me. Social justice is as well, but it’s just holding my family name and representing the name on the back to go through this process… There’s people who’ve been with me through my entire career to help me get to this point.”
According to a report from ESPN, 285 out of 350 players inside the Bubble have decided to wear a social justice message on their jerseys.