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NBPA, NBA Working on Personalized Jersey Messaging

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA and the NBPA are working towards an agreement that will allow players to display messages of support for social justice causes on their jerseys in the space used for names.

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In an attempt to address the concerns that some players have about the NBA’s looming return and its impact on the current social justice movement, the NBPA is working on a proposal that would allow players to substitute the name on their jersey for messages of support.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, details crafted by the NBPA were delivered to the NBA earlier this weekend.

Chris Paul, who is serving as the NBPA’s president, discussed the potential change with The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.

“We’re just trying to continue to shed light on the different social justice issues that guys around our league continue to talk about day in and day out,” Paul told The Undefeated. “People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody’s mind in Orlando. With these jerseys, it doesn’t go away.”

The NBA is set to restart in Orlando on July 30.