Nets should be renamed after Jackie Robinson, says Brooklyn Assemblymember
Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D/WF-Brooklyn) sent a letter on Tuesday to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Joe Tsai, the governor of the Brooklyn Nets to ask for the Nets to change their name to something that pays homage to Jackie Robinson, the first athlete to break the color barrier in professional sports in 1947 while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
“The Nets moved to Brooklyn eight years ago but have still kept their New Jersey nickname. It’s time for the Nets to fully embrace their Brooklyn roots by changing their name to honor one of Brooklyn’s most iconic and important sports stars — Jackie Robinson. Brooklyn is a dynamic, diverse, and animated place, we shouldn’t have our team named after an inanimate object,” said Assemblymember Carroll.
Carroll says in the letter that he supports the idea of renaming the Barclays Center after Robinson, but thinks that Brooklyn’s only professional sports franchise, the Nets, should follow suit.
“The team should be named after one of the most exciting and important sports and civil rights icons of the 20th Century: Jackie Robinson. While our nation grapples with who we should honor and what names should adorn teams and buildings it would be fitting for the Brooklyn Nets to honor the legacy of a true Civil Rights Icon and the first African American player in professional sports — Jackie Robinson. Robinson played his entire career in Brooklyn and highlighting his legacy will remind millions of his trailblazing work. Brooklyn is universally known as a place of diversity and forward thought — having our only professional sports team honor the spirit Jackie Robinson would be fitting. Names like the “Jackies” “Jacks” “42s (forty twos)” or “Breakers” would all be fitting tributes to Robinson and great names for Brooklyn’s basketball team,” said Carroll.
Read Carroll’s full letter below.
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