Sunday, July 3, 2022
Kawhi Leonard says, “It doesn’t matter if we have a statement on the back of our jersey, it’s about doing the work”
By Khari Jones Jr. Contributing Writer
Published July 14, 2020

Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (Courtesy Photo)

Many of the black players in the NBA have dealt with racism their whole lives, says Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard. Now they are using their platforms to fight social justice issues, give back to the community, and educate the people. Racism is nothing new to the 2019 NBA Finals MVP.

In his first media appearance since arriving at the Orlando bubble, Kawhi Leonard shed light on the climate of black players on the Clippers. “For me and my teammates, pretty much everybody is Black. We’ve been giving back to the communities, it’s just broadcasted now.”

All over the news and media, you see Black Lives Matter, and it’s a huge focal point on fighting for equality. Leonard says, “What’s happening, and what everybody is seeing on the news. It’s been like that. For me, I’ve been seeing those situations. It’s nothing new to me. I’m going to continue to help, and educate people.”


The Clippers superstar reiterated the fact everything that is going on today, he has seen his whole life. This is no surprise. Even as an NBA player, racism is something athletes have to deal with it. So before police brutality, and injustice we’re highlighted, players like Leonard already felt obligated to make change. 

Players have been asked to wear names on the back of their jerseys, and some players don’t feel they need to, or they are more focused on action.

When asked by reporters if he is going to wear a statement on his jersey, Leonard calmly responded and said, “It doesn’t matter if we have a statement on the back of our jersey, it’s about doing the work.” 

Clippers guard Rodney Mcgruder announced he will be wearing “Peace” on the back of his jersey. “I’ve chosen to go with Peace. The one thing we’ve always spoken for world peace, so that’s one thing that I’m going to make my statement during the restart.”

Categories: Basketball | National | Sports
Tags: | | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!

Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
89 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.

LA Sentinel
in your pocket:


LA Watts Times

© 2022 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »