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.
Per sources, it appears as of now that Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler's request to wear no name on the back of his jersey at the NBA restart will not be honored.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 19, 2020
The NBA and NBPA struck deals on the messaging, but wearing of a name is part of the uniform player agreement.
Aside from Butler, every Heat player will have a social justice message on their jerseys when the NBA restarts.