LeBron James is opting against wearing one of the NBA's approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey once play resumes later this month.
"It's no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey," the Los Angeles Lakers superstar told reporters Saturday, including Spectrum SportsNet's Mike Trudell.
"It's just something that didn't seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal," James added. "I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind, but I wasn't part of that process, and that's OK."
The NBA and NBPA reportedly agreed on a specific list of social justice messages players could feature on the back of jerseys. Approved statements include Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Peace, and Equality.
While James won't be donning a social justice message on his uniform, he intends to fight racism in other ways.
"This is the mission I've been on for a long time now," James said, according to ClutchPoints' Ryan Ward. "It's great that now a lot of people's ears are opening ... we will continue to push the envelope."
James has made statements against racism and social injustice with his attire before.
In 2012 as a member of the Miami Heat, James and many of his teammates took a team photo in hooded sweatshirts as a response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Two years later as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, his warmup shirt included the message "I Can't Breathe" following the killing of Eric Garner while in police custody.
James, whose Los Angeles home was vandalized with racial slurs in 2017, has spoken out against racism in recent years through social media channels and his Uninterrupted media company.