Twenty-three year-old Jovan Miller of the Charlotte Hounds, one of only three professional African-American lacrosse players in the country, is refusing to play because of a Ā slogan, ā#NinjaPlease,ā being used by Major League Lacrosseās sponsor, Warrior Sports, in a recent campaign. His boycott could jeopardize his future in the sport.
A few weeks ago, Miller began noticing his Twitter followers using the hashtag ā#NinjaPlease.ā It was being used by Warrior Sports as an advertising campaign slogan for its “Dojo” shoe. The company has since ceased using the slogan.
āIt kind of alarmed me at first,ā Miller told WCNC TV. āThe actual meaning behind āNinja Pleaseā is the āN-word Please.ā They put ninja in it to kind of disguise it.ā
Urbandictionary.com defines āNinja Pleaseā as a statement āused to replace āNi**a pleaseāā¦ when black people are present.ā
āIf I wonāt wear the uniform, obviously I canāt play,ā Miller told WCNC.Ā āThis doesnāt just affect me. Iām not just speaking for myself. Iām speaking for every black man or black girl who has ever picked up a lacrosse stick,ā Miller said.
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