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Should athletes be allowed to use their bodies as billboards?

J.R. Smith and Lonzo Ball are being forced to cover up their tattoos that prominently display brands and companies that are not endorsed by the NBA. Many believe that adults should be able to display whatever tattoos they want as long as they are not explicit or harmful. Others argue that while self-expression should be encouraged in the league, players should not use their bodies as corporate billboards. What do you think? 🏀

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The NBA has been one of the more lenient leagues when it comes to self-expression, especially in regards to tattoos. But now that J.R. Smith wants to promote a brand he loves, but the NBA doesn't endorse, there is suddenly a problem. The league didn't stop Marcin Gortat from rocking the Jordan "Jumpman" logo on his leg. It didn't say anything when Carmelo Anthony got the "WB" logo tattoo. It didn't cause a ruckus when Kyrie Irving suddenly had the "Friends" sitcom logo. 

Athletes have every right to get any tattoo they want. If it's a company brand or logo, so be it. There is nothing wrong with selling ad space on your body as long as you're not putting anything on there that's explicit or immoral. J.R. Smith and other ballers should be able to use their bodies however they see fit.

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The league is a private company and it has sponsors to protect. Allowing J.R. Smith and others to promote competing brands hurts the league's bottom line, especially if it loses valuable companies as partners. People are somehow surprised the league would do this, but it did step in when Iman Shumpert had the Adidas logo shaved into his hair or when Rasheed Wallace wanted to promote a candy bar on his body. Asking players to refrain from displaying corporate tattoos should not be a huge problem, nor a surprise.

Aside from that, selling your body like it's a billboard is just plain wrong. People should treat themselves with respect and not like they are just ad space. Leagues aren't telling players to not express themselves. It's just asking players not to put their bodies up for sale.

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