In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak it is nice to see that some NBA players and owners are stepping up to help stadium workers hardest hit as games are shut down across the country. Maverick’s Owner Mark Cuban tweeted out Friday that the team and American Airlines Center are making arrangements to pay event staff for the next six home games.
Kevin Love in an Instagram post said, “I’m committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season.” Writer for the Athletics, Tarik El-Bashar tweeted out that owner Ted Leonsis has informed the Capitol One Arena staff that anyone scheduled to work an event – Caps and Wizards games plus other events – through March 31 will be paid, according to sources. In an Instagram Post, Pelicans’ Zion Williamson wrote, “The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center,” adding, “and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis.” And the list goes on… Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family pledging to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff, adding, “We can get through this together!”
The Warriors also announcing Friday that “the Warriors ownership, players, and coaches have pledged to donate $1 million to a disaster relief fund established by the Warriors Community Foundation.” These are all truly inspirational figures on the field and off!