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NBA 2K20 Is Giving Players "I Can't Breathe" And "Black Lives Matter" T-Shirts

A number of Take-Two’s games, from Grand Theft Auto to Red Dead, took their servers down for a couple of hours today to “honor the legacy of George Floyd”. NBA 2k20 did as well, but the basketball game is getting more active with its messaging than just going offline.

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One of the game’s clothing stores, normally a hub of microtransaction hell, is now giving away three shirts for free for players to wear on their in-game avatars:

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The game also displayed this screen for players first firing it up:

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This is what 2K20 looked like earlier in the day, with players not only wearing the shirts as part of in-game protests, but large “Black Lives Matter” posters were put up around the neighbourhood hub world section as well.

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Image: @Zirinic
Image: @Zirinic

For anyone who’s not a regular basketball fan, “I Can’t Breathe” shirts have a particularly relevance here, with NBA superstars wearing them in the wake of Eric Garner’s murder back in 2014.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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girlusocrzy

Keep it going. Don’t let the momentum die out. Now is the time to come forward to say something even if you don’t have much to say except that you want to show solidarity. That matters. That adds to the volume. The threat of extra judicial execution is one many fear. Nobody should have to go through that. We have united behind a constitution that upholds fair proceedings and we have a history of valuing and upholding human rights here and abroad. There isn’t just one incident like that and many people have been murdered in different situations.

Nobody should have to fear for their own life that they might be next for any reason. Nobody should have to fear for their child, brother, sister, parents, grandparents, friends, or even someone you don’t know. It is tragic that some are still shrugging this off and thinking of the impact on their entertainment schedule or whatever instead of the impact on the daily lives and the common value we place on our democratic and peaceful way of life.