NBA Players to Cover the Salaries of Arena Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has indefinitely suspended the season because of the COVID-19 outbreak; some of the NBA players actually tested positive for it. Having noticed the effect this would have on basketball arena workers, New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson has recently made an awesome announcement on Instagram.

He states that he will be paying for the salaries of the Smoothie King Center employees for an entire month in order to help the NBA and its supporting crew during this pandemic.

Read his full statement here:

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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. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, 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. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.

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Zion isn’t the only one helping out, either. Earlier this week, several other basketball players also announced that they would be donating $100,000 (Php5.1 million) each to employees: Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Fiserv Forum, Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin to the Little Caesars Arena. Hats off to these awesome men!

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