Club Statement: NBL Indigenous Round Jersey
The Tasmania JackJumpers respectfully acknowledge concerns expressed by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) regarding the club’s 2023 NBL Indigenous Round Jersey design.
It was never the club’s intention to cause division within the broader Tasmanian aboriginal community and it apologises if members of the community have been affronted by the artwork’s style.
The club is committed to uniting the community and as such, the Tasmania JackJumpers together with the NBL have decided the club will not wear the jersey this weekend and it will not be available for sale.
The JackJumpers will proceed with other Indigenous Round activities and celebrations before and during the game.
The club acknowledges there should have been further consultation with the aboriginal community throughout the selection and artistry process, and it will continue to work closely with the TAC and broader Tasmanian aboriginal community moving forward.
The JackJumpers have undertaken extensive cultural awareness education having previously worked with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania, University of Tasmania.