Russell Westbrook’s clothing line partnering with NBPA to design custom social justice shirts
Players throughout the NBA have voiced some displeasure with respect to the limited social justice messages the league allows players to wear on the back of their jerseys. Fortunately, Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook and the NBPA are pursuing some alternatives.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the NBPA is partnering with the clothing line of the Rockets guard to design social justice shirts with alternate messages not permitted on jerseys.
Sources: The NBPA is partnering with Russell Westbrook’s clothing line to design social justice shirts for all NBA players to incorporate some messages that were not approved for jerseys.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2020
Charania also included the messages on the new lifestyle shirts, such as: Systemic Racism, Police Reform, I Can’t Breathe, No Justice No Peace, Break the Cycle, Strange Fruit, By Any Means, Power to the People, Equality, Am I Next?
It remains to be seen just how the players will incorporate the shirts into the restart, though it seems likely they will be worn as pregame warmups.
Stars like LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others all donned “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during pregame warmups following the death of Eric Garner in 2014. Thus, it is possible players will wear the shirts to showcase a unified front in fighting racial injustice in the US.
Russell Westbrook and “Honor The Gift” just released a new line called “Art Department” in February, and they will now look to supply the players with more targeted messages.
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) February 5, 2020
For what it’s worth, the Rockets guard has routinely been among the most active and philanthropic players in the NBA.
Westbrook and Compton native DeMar DeRozan led protests in California following the death of George Floyd in May, joining a number of players in voicing their concerns in protests across the country.
Rockets’ Russell Westbrook leads protest against racial injustice https://t.co/3swFEZK7MX
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) June 8, 2020
LeBron and some others previously stated they would not wear the allowed messages on the back of their jerseys because said messages were not exactly in line with the sentiments they wanted to convey.
However, it seems the NBPA is intent on making sure the players have a voice as they get ready to restart the season in Orlando.
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