The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the court on both sides, in the three arenas the league will use at the Walt Disney World Resort when it restarts the 2019-20 season, at the end of next month in Orlando, League sources told ESPN.
The WNBA is also discussing the painting "Black Lives Matter" on the court when it begins its abbreviated 2020 season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Sources said.
Sources also said that some WNBA players suggested, in conversations with league leaders, that players wear warm shirts with "Say Her Name" on them, in an attempt to keep the attention of female victims of police brutality, including Breonna Taylor, that was shot. and killed by the police in March at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Players insisted that the fight for racial equality and social justice be a central part of the NBA's return to play and the new WNBA season. Several NBA players considered skipping the NBA resumption to focus on social justice issues. Several WNBA players, including Renee Montgomery, of the Atlanta Dream, and Natasha Cloud, of the Washington Mystics, are waiting for the next WNBA season to focus on social justice.
In a conference call with reporters on Friday, NBA and NBPA leaders said the league and union are discussing various ways to use the NBA platform in Orlando to draw attention to racial equality, social justice and police brutality. . Over the weekend, Chris Paul, president of the players 'union, told ESPN that the league and union were collaborating to allow players to wear uniforms with personalized social justice messages on the backs of their shirts in place of players' surnames .
The murder of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis – with an officer, Derek Chauvin, since being charged with second-degree murder after kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than seven minutes, when Floyd reiterated that he had not could breathe – sparked protests across the country. After the murders of Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was chased by three white men and shot by one of them during a race in Georgia in late February. All three men were charged with murder last week.
Several high level players in both leagues participated in protests across the country.