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NBA denies Butler jersey request

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Butler had hoped to play without his name on his jersey.

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As Hot Hot Hoops discussed last week, Jimmy Butler hoped to play during the NBA restart without his last name on his jersey as a racial justice statement. As Butler said, “If I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no different than anybody else of color.”

Unfortunately, Butler won’t get his wish honored. The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds reported that Butler’s last name will appear on his jersey.

Aside from Butler, every Heat player will have a social justice message on their jerseys when the NBA restarts.