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Spurs' Jakob Poeltl will wear social justice message on jersey

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San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl will join other NBA players who are set to wear messages for social change on the back of their jerseys.

The Spurs will resume their season at the end of the month and the Spurs center will wear “Black Lives Matter” on his jersey.

"I think it's an important topic to keep alive," Poeltl said during a conference with local media. "At our very first practice, we spent the first 20-30 minutes talking about it."

Spurs guard Patty Mills will be donating his final season-salary to social justice causes and Marco Belinelli recently announced he'll have the word "Equality" in Italian on his jersey when the season resumes.

"On my jersey I will have the word 'Equality', in Italian," Belinelli said. "Beautiful things and terrible things happen in the world, it is right to make yourself heard."

Poeltl has not been quiet during the protests against inequality. He took part in the "Spurs Voices" series discussing racism admitting he didn't know how prevalent it was in the United States as well as the realization of the immense inequality.

Other NBA players have announced they'll have messages on their jersey. Kyle Korver, Khris Middleton, Rudy Gobert, CJ McCollum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Chris Paul are among other players who are set to wear jersey messages.

It's likely other Spurs will be doing something to raise awareness to social justice.

"I did change my name. I'm going to have 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of my jersey," said Poeltl.

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