Saturday it was revealed that the NBA might allow players to swap out their last names for personalized messages on their jerseys in Orlando, when play resumes in July.
This is a collaboration between the league and players’ union that hypothetically keeps alive the social reform movement that was spurred by George Floyd’s death.
As such, you’d expect players might have “Black Lives Matter,” “BLM,” “I Can’t Breathe,” or something of the sort on their uniforms.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie would go this route:
Continues Dinwiddie, on Twitter:
“Woke up at 4am to see that I’m getting lit up in the comments for talking about the Global Debt. Comments ranging from massive amounts of debt are good (which I disagree with), to its not personal debt (obviously), to its a waste of a platform, amongst others.
To those I question, what is the purpose of putting a social issue on the back of the jersey? To inspire change right? Considering that nobody opts out of the complete global financial system and the USA weaponized the dollar that means you need leverage within the system.
In my opinion like it or not, change for us comes down to Group economics. Rethinking how we approach finances. Acquiring hard assets. Recycling dollars etc. Til then the slow burn of marches/protests will produce progress but will still yield similar results. (Lynchings in 2020).
If America only responds hastily to violence and money I think there is a very clear option that some of the most visible ethnic people around the globe can have an impact on. Or I could just say fuck the police, y’all get a quick laugh and go on about your day.”
He’s certainly thinking bigger picture here. Macro-level argument. “Fuck the police” doesn’t really do anything to tip a grander scale.
Dinwiddie is a cryptocurrency advocate and has been dabbling in this stuff for a long time now. Maybe you remember he recently ran a fundraiser allowing fans to pick his next team in free agency if they raised 2,600 Bitcoin, which equates to about $24.5 million dollars. He did not reach the goal and instead donated the $1,150 raised to charity. He’s currently on a three-year contract with the Nets worth $34,362,144.
FYI the personalized jersey thing is not official yet, but the league and union are discussing it.