The Celtics have chosen to make a statement on social justice via their jerseys in the NBA bubble when the season resumes.
The team revealed on social media Wednesday afternoon what message all 17 players on the roster will wear on the back of their jerseys once seeding games tip-off on July 31.
Every Celtics player selected a word or phrase from a pre-approved list by the league in efforts to keep social justice issues at the forefront during the NBA restart.
Black Lives Matter.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
Respect Us.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
Égalité.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
Here's a full list of the players' messages that they will use on their jerseys instead of their names.
The Celtics have chosen the messages to be worn on the backs of their jerseys: pic.twitter.com/9mwheXY8Gz— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) July 29, 2020
The Celtics have been very vocal on social equality, racial injustice and systemic change since arriving in Orlando earlier this month. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker have repeatedly called for justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky who was killed by police officers in March.
Brown, who led a peaceful protest in Atlanta a couple of months ago and admitted he was "dissapointed" with the list of messages the NBA and NBPA approved, chose to wear "Liberation" on the back of his No. 7 jersey.
The Celtics first seeding game is on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks at 6:30 p.m. EST.
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