popfan wrote:I couldn't imagine a more relevant response to BLM. Personally I would opt-out of the NBA's "social message" game to protest the illusion that the NBA is supporting social messages such as BLM, freedom, liberty, etc. There is a diversity of social messages to deliver in our country yet we're led to believe that only several messages exist. This -- all by itself -- is a deception to players and fans.
What's worse is that the NBA is profiting from these "social message" names. If I were Butler, I wouldn't want my name or an alias on my jersey. Kids could ask "Super Star, why didn't you choose BLM as your message?" forcing a star player to respond to a meaningless question. In the meantime the NBA rakes in the profit from all this madness.
What's brilliant about Butler's no-name is that he is communicating to fans young and old that he's against the social message game. He doesn't have to answer useless questions about why he kept 'Bulter' on his jersey. He doesn't believe in the merit of the existing menu of messages. And he's subtly criticizing the NBA like no other player in the NBA. His response has been the most Kaepernick-esque response from the players. Butler gets it. Lebron doesn't. Kudos to Butler.
I would like to give Jimmy this credit...but I can't. He already applied for a blank jersey saying "if I wasn't an NBA players I'd be just another person of color " .... You know like an Indian motel owner... Or a philipino nurse... It was very BLM.
It was rejected. Probably because the NBA is star based and selling blank jerseys would be hard... And they wouldn't want say LeBron having a blank jersey too.
Maybe.... Just maybe you are right, and I hope you are... But that would have to mean Jimmy's agent told him to frame his reasoning in a BLM friendly way...
But the fact that he "tried to wear it" is BS, it was rejected, but the NBA probably liked Jimmy's reasoning so allowed this little stunt just to push the idea further... Without having to sell blank jerseys.
It's all show... And no one is watching. Ratings amazingly are super low and people are sick of rich, spoiled revolutionaries... Politicizing everything.
I like your reasoning above... But it's pretty much the opposite of Jimmy's reasoning.
That said, I say take all the names off the jerseys... And messages.... The NBAs foundation would be ripped out from under it. They'd have to put out a watchable product like they used to.