NBA to paint Black Lives Matter on court when sport returns

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NBA to paint Black Lives Matter on court when sport returns.

It was revealed on Monday evening that the NBA is planning a way to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the sports resumes next month. According to ESPN, league sources have revealed the phrase “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas in Florida next month.

The movement picked back up after footage emerged showing Black suspect, George Floyd, being held down in a way that would lead him to die while in police custody in Minnesota. Many athletes have come forward with their stories of racism and many have led protests and participated in rallies.

This announcement comes just days after it was announced players would be allowed to change the name on their jersey and replace it with messages for social justice.

The WNBA is also planning a tribute for Black Lives Matter

The WNBA is also reportedly planning something like the court paintings. Some rumblings have been said the idea of the female athletes wearing warm-up shirts reading “Say Her Name” in honor of Breonna Taylor who was shot and killed while sleeping in her home in Kentucky.

The NBA is set to return on July 30. The original season went on hiatus on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple players had tested positive for the virus and many sports like the NHL followed suit by shutting down. 22 teams will return to play in the same place — Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with heightened safety protocol.

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