“I decided not to [wear a message] Butler said on a video call with reporters at the time. That being said, I hope my last name won’t be there too. Just because I love and respect all of the posts that the league chose, but to me, I felt like no message, no name, it came down to, like, who I was. And if I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no different from anyone of color and I want this to be my message in that just because I’m an NBA player, everyone has the same right, no matter what. , and that’s how I feel for my people of color. ”
Butler said he never received an official explanation from the league as to why he couldn’t keep the back of his jersey nameplate blank.
“I don’t know,” Butler said on a conference call after a 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. ” I do not care. I didn’t have a name on the back at the start, but I decided to change because my teammates probably needed me a bit today. “