Spartan basketball players to wear "We talk, we listen" T-shirts for warm ups on Friday

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Michigan State Spartan men's basketball team will kickoff its regular season Friday night against North Florida.

And when the players take the floor, they'll be trying to send a message to spark conversations about what they see as social injustices in our society.

The Spartans are planning to wear T-shirts while warming up for Friday's game that read, "We talk, we listen," on the front and include a phrase from sophomore forward Miles Bridges on the back that says, "It's not about me, it's about us."

The phrase from Bridges' came from the decision he made back in April to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season. The team is hoping the shirts will ignite conversation and education.

"It's important for all of us. I mean me and Tum we're the captains so we always have team meetings just to see where everyone's mind is and I feel like that's great for teammate chemistry on the court and off the court," says Bridges.

"Like the shirt says, we talk and we listen to each other and I think it's a special thing to be apart of and doing it collectively as a group," says MSU guard Tum Tum Nairn.

Now the team has said this is not a protest of any kind, but a way for them to use their platform that could potentially start a conversation to help improve the world.