Take a look at all 17 Celtics social justice statements
As the NBA continues to make strides toward ending racial injustice and the systemic oppression of Black people, teams have begun revealing their players’ choices for statements to replace last names on jerseys. On Wednesday, 17 Celtics social justice statements were revealed ahead of the team’s debut against the Bucks Friday.
According to the Boston Globe’s Nicole Yang, each Boston player selected a social justice statement to place on their jerseys, led by Jaylen Brown going with “Liberation.”
Celtics social justice statements
Jaylen Brown: Liberation
Jayson Tatum: Black Lives Matter
Kemba Walker: Love Us
Gordon Hayward: Education Reform
Marcus Smart: Freedom
Grant Williams: Equality
Daniel Theis: Black Lives Matter
Enes Kanter: Freedom
Carsen Edwards: Love Us
Tacko Fall: Egalite
Javonte Green: Enough
Semi Ojeleye: Love Us
Romeo Langford: Enough
Vincent Poirier; Egalite
Brad Wanamaker: Enough
Tremont Waters: Stand Up
Robert Williams: Respect Us
Each Celtics social justice statement was a pre-approved message by the NBA. Most of these decisions are final, as they need to be put on the back of several uniforms. However, Brown said he may not settle on “Liberation” as his final choice.
During his media availability Wednesday, Brown took a large amount of time to speak on the death of Breonna Taylor.
“For us, equality is demanded and Black lives matter,” he said. “And Breonna Taylor is an example of a black life who was taken because of how the system has been laid out.”
Along with revealing the players’ choices for social justice statements, the Celtics released a few photos of what the jerseys will look like on game day against Milwaukee. Boston’s Twitter account shared shots of Tatum, Brown and Walker’s jerseys.
Black Lives Matter.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 29, 2020
The Celtics begin their slate of eight seeding games Friday against the Bucks at 6:30 pm EST. You can watch the game on ESPN or NBC Sports Boston.
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