It started with Kevin Love:
New story: @kevinlove has pledged $100,000 to aid displaced arena workers during the NBA's suspension in response to coronavirus. The Cavaliers, Mavericks and Hawks owners have made similar vows. "My hope is that others will step up," Love told ESPN https://t.co/06zSwOKw7y— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 13, 2020
Then came Giannis Antetokounmpo:
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he will donate $100,000 to the Bucks' staff at Fiserv Forum. Kevin Love made the same commitment for Cavaliers' arena staff on Thursday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 13, 2020
Also Blake Griffin:
Even the young Pelicans’ leader Zion Williamson made a pledge:
Zion Williamson says he will cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center staff. pic.twitter.com/BpkmOQpCM8— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) March 13, 2020
It’s heartwarming to see a man that young reaching out and making a difference out of reverence to his upbringing.
But the players aren’t the only ones stepping up.
Mav’s owner Mark Cuban is working out a plan to cover all hourly employees during the shutdown:
Mark Cuban has already started to put in a plan to help Mavericks employees who may be impacted by the NBA’s indefinite suspension of the season. pic.twitter.com/Cd7ABVjQdM— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 12, 2020
It’s great to see all the goodwill coming, but this should just be the tip of the iceberg. There are 500+ players, coaches, assistants, and trainers who should all be offering support to the people who keep the arenas alive while the games are played.
I’ll keep updating as more of these pledges come in, or (hopefully) be able to write new posts with the creative ways those who benefit financially the most are protecting those who get paid the least.
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