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Chris Paul, Players Association working with NBA to allow messages on jerseys

NBA players might use the back of their jerseys to share social justice messages when the season resumes at Disney World. 

Thunder point guard Chris Paul told ESPN's Marc Spears that the Players Association is working with the league to allow the change. Instead of a player's last name, the back of his jersey might bear the name of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or phrases like "Black Lives Matter" or "I Can't Breathe." 

"People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody's mind in Orlando," Paul told Spears. "With these jerseys, it doesn't go away." 

Paul said players could also promote other causes and charities not related to social injustice. No player will be forced to participate. 

"The guys I talked to were definitely excited," Paul told Spears. "The reason I'm passionate and excited about it is that it gives a voice to the voiceless." 

The NBA season will resume July 30 at Disney World. The Thunder will open play Aug. 1 against the Jazz for the first of its eight "seeding games." 

"A shared goal of our season restart will be to use our platform in Orlando to bring attention to these important issues of social justice," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday. "We look forward to engaging in ongoing conversations with the players and their association about our joint league wide initiative and thank Michele (Roberts), Chris and the other players for their leadership toward creating meaningful, long-term change." 

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Chris Paul (3) waits to be introduced before the start of a Thunder-Bulls game at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Chris Paul (3) waits to be introduced before the start of a Thunder-Bulls game at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Dec. 16, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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