CELTICS’ BROWN: TAKING SOCIAL JUSTICE FIGHT TO FLORIDA

Jaylen Brown is encouraged by the steps the NBA is taking to connect with its players’ desire to support social justice causes.

One of the Celtics’ young stars, the 23-year-old has been one of the most outspoken voices among players since the NBA paused its season in March.

From encouraging young Americans to take COVID-19 seriously, to driving 15 hours from Boston in May to lead a protest march in the days after the release of the video of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Brown has actively used social media to raise awareness on several fronts to his more than 1.6 million followers on Twitter and Instagram.

While he said Monday that he initially considered not playing in Orlando because of the pandemic and family concerns, he ultimately decided the opportunity to amplify his voice on the NBA’s worldwide stage won out.

Brown’s heavily involved with National Basketball Players Association as a member the executive committee and said he’s encouraged by the open dialogue among players and the NBA leadership’s attentiveness to the union’s concerns.

But Brown also is in agreement with Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott that the NBA’s plan to only allow players to chose messages from a league-approved list to put on the back of their jerseys is disappointing.

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