Mavericks’ Mark Cuban gives thoughts on social justice words on jerseys
The Dallas Mavericks just announced that they will be donning jerseys with the word ‘Equality’ in response to the NBA’s move to allow teams to put statements in their jerseys for the upcoming NBA restart in Orlando. It’s also been reported that all the players have chosen to use their native language for their statement jerseys. This might seem like a lot to take in but per Mavs owner Mark Cuban, it’s only going to be lead to positive things. The 61-year old joined NBA Insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson to discuss some matters surrounding the NBA restart.
“It will be something that people talk about, but once the games start fans are going to be fans and love watching the games and people who are not fans will want to commentate.” Cuban explained when asked if the statement jersey will be a distraction for the players (per heavy.com). “Players are used to ignoring commentary on social legacy and social media, so I don’t think they are distracted by it at all.”
The Mavs are being smart with their statement choice given that ‘Equality’ is an umbrella statement that can be alluded to a lot of important issues going on in the world right now. Yes, it’s mainly in support of the current Black Lives Matter movement that has taken over America, but it also speaks of the struggles (and controversies) surrounding the NBA restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Plus, this is such a unique situation, my hope is that the players will become closer and stronger together.” Cuban added.