Miami Warmth All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler needed to change jerseys earlier than the beginning of Saturday’s seeding recreation in opposition to the Denver Nuggets as a result of he initially got here to the ground with a jersey that had no identify on its again.
An official blew a whistle, and Butler walked again to the Warmth bench so he may change right into a jersey that had his final identify on the again and the sport may start. Butler stated he was by no means given an official clarification from the league as to why he couldn’t hold the again of his jersey nameplate empty.
“I do not know,” Butler stated on a video convention name following a 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. “I do not care. I did not have a reputation on the again at first, however I made a decision to alter as a result of my teammates most likely wanted me a bit of bit right now.”
When Butler and the Warmth initially traveled into the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, final month, he was requested what league-approved social justice message he would put on on the again of his jersey, and he defined that he want to hold his nameplate empty. “I’ve determined to not [wear a message],” Butler stated throughout a video name with reporters on the time. “With that being stated, I hope that my final identify would not go on there as effectively. Simply because I really like and respect all of the messages that the league did select, however for me, I felt like with no message, with no identify, it is going again to, like, who I used to be. And if I wasn’t who I used to be right now, I am no totally different than anyone else of coloration and need that to be my message within the sense that simply because I am an NBA participant, everyone has the identical proper, it doesn’t matter what, and that is how I really feel about my individuals of coloration.”
Regardless of the very fact he was compelled to alter jerseys, Butler, who completed with 22 factors, seven assists and 4 rebounds, stated that he was assured he was in a position to get his authentic level throughout.
“For sure,” Butler stated. “For sure. And to inform you the reality, it is nonetheless to be decided for the subsequent recreation as effectively.”
don’t get misplaced in a sea of despair, be hopeful, be optimistic. our wrestle is just not the wrestle of a day, every week, a month, or a 12 months, it’s the wrestle of a lifetime. by no means, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good bother, essential bother. – John Lewis pic.twitter.com/3Qq3dJU3ex
— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) August 1, 2020
At that time, Butler was requested if he deliberate to put on a jersey with an empty nameplate earlier than each recreation within the bubble.
“I do not know,” he stated. “I actually do not. I hope so. I hope they only let me play with no identify on the again of my jersey, however like I stated, to be decided.”
Earlier than Saturday’s recreation, Butler stated he appreciated the general public method through which gamers and coaches had been coming collectively within the opening video games to shine mild on social justice points.
“In a way that we get to really feel how we need to really feel, and we get to specific it in our method,” Butler stated throughout a post-practice video name on Friday. “The way in which that the league, the gamers, the coaches, are kneeling in unity, and in case you determine to face in unity, it is what must be carried out. As a result of the better good, and the purpose that we’re attempting to get throughout, it is going to be reached. And I am completely satisfied to see everyone in on it.”