Anthony Davis joins LeBron James, won’t put social justice message on jersey
On Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James revealed he would not be putting a social justice message on the back of his jersey. On Sunday, his teammate Anthony Davis revealed he will also skip out on the gesture.
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis will wear his last name on the back of his jersey, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 12, 2020
James said Saturday he commends all the players choosing to wear a social justice message, but he pointed out that he felt left out of the decision-making process when it came to what messages players could wear (via Greg Beacham of The Associated Press):
“I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey,” the Lakers superstar said. “I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK. … Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning. I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I’m here to do.”
Although Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports did not report Davis’ specific reasoning for opting against wearing one of the messages, it is likely AD feels similarly to James.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James have presented something of a unified front both on and off the floor ever sine the Lakers acquired AD last summer.
The two superstars have not only been instrumental in the Lakers’ success this season, but they also speak their minds openly on matters of social justice and racial inequality.
Needless to say, Davis and James do not feel they need to wear a message for fans to know what they are about.