After the NBA's return-to-play plan was approved upon by the players' union, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and a bevy of other players have expressed their belief that resuming the season could distract the nation from fighting for racial equality.
On Friday, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams told fans on a CoStar video chat that he's "50-50" on reporting to the "bubble" at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, because he feels it could distract from the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Because it looks like that we don't care. If we do suit up -- and we are having conversations behind closed doors -- how much of this platform can we really use? Can we get a Black Lives Matter patch on our jersey? Can our jerseys say Black Lives Matter? Can the court say Black Lives Matter? So we can use that platform to the best of our abilities," said Williams, via ESPN.com. "Honestly, it is hard to call. I'm 50-50, to be honest with you."
Following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, millions of Americans have marched through the streets in protest of racial injustices and police brutality. Williams' concerns are similar to that of Dwight Howard, who said that playing basketball could end the momentum gained from the demonstrations.
Commissioner Adam Silver said that he understands the uneasiness players have about returning to play, while revealing that he and other league officials are finding ways to promote the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for basic human rights for African Americans.
Williams opened up plenty of eyes for the right reasons, as he perfectly explained why some players are against participating in the resumed season. If cases of police brutality continue, why would those athletes stop protesting just to play basketball?
Bringing an end to systemic racism takes much higher precedence than the game.