NBA Supports Black Lives Matter Movement With Court Mural

July 2, 2020

ESPN Announced Wednesday that it will continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement when the 2019-2020 season picks back up at the end of July.

The courts in Orlando that the season will take place on will all have a Black Lives Matter mural painted on both sidelines. The WNBA will be doing the same, on their court at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team member Chris Paul said that the National Basketball Players Association will also be permitting players to have “personalized social justice, social cause or charity messages” on their jerseys.

Paul released a statement, saying:

“The issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our country need to end. As a union of NBA players and as a league, it is our job to use our collective platform to both put a spotlight on those issues and work to effect change. As players, we have taken a leadership role when it comes to using our voices and implementing practical solutions, but there is much work ahead both in Orlando and long-term to continue the momentum and bring about real, long-lasting change to our society.”