All game-worn NBA jerseys from the opening weekend of the 2019-2020 NBA restart will be placed up for auction beginning Wednesday afternoon with all proceeds going to the newly created Player's Justice Fund, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.
NBA players were allowed to wear customized jerseys from a selected list of social justice messages agreed upon by the league and the National Basketball Players' Association during the first four days of the resumed season that began July 29. Such names included "Black Lives Matter," "I Am A Man," "Vote" and "How Many More" as well as messages in different languages chosen by international players. The hope from the NBA and NBPA with the social justice jerseys was to make a statement addressing systematic racism, social injustice and bring awareness to other worldly issues during the current social justice movement.
There were several NBA All-Stars, however, like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons who chose not to select a social just message. Around 20 players chose not to use a social justice message on their jerseys. Those jerseys will also be a part of the auction, a source said.
The auction begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. on Auctions.NBA.com. The proceeds of the auction will be placed in the newly created Player's Justice Fund, which will be administered by the NBPA Foundation. A Players' Justice Fund Advisory Committee with players selected by the player peers will review funding proposals, develop program ideas and make recommendations for funding to the NBPA Foundation's Board of Directors.
Money raised from the auction is expected to be given to a diverse group of local and national community-based organization in part of the NBA's recently announced long-term commitment to drive push for social justice and economic empowerment in African-American communities in America and Canada.