Coronavirus Outbreak: Basketball Players Step Forward to Pay Employees Salaries
As the NBA season has suspended, many players have taken it upon themselves to help salaried employees
The NBA season has been suspended, ever since Rudy Gobert was tested positive for coronavirus. But the suspension is not only just affecting players and fans, but also impacting the pay of many hourly employees at basketball arenas across America. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson and Blake Griffin are just some of the players who have publically announced that they will be donating major chunks of their money to employees who will not be getting paid as the season has been suspended indefinitely.
In a tweet, Giannis said: "It's bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family's lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together!"
It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together!— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
Zion also took to Instagram and shared that he will be paying the salaries of Smoothie King Center employees for the next 30 days. He added, “These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. 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."
Stephen Curry also added, “The men and women who work our games at Chase Center are critical in providing an incredible game-night experience for our fans, including of course, the popcorn vendors. As players, we wanted to do something, along with our ownership and coaches, to help ease the pain during this time."
On the other hand, Mark Cuban also commented, “I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren't going to be able to come to work. They get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income. So, we'll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we've already started the process of having a program in place. I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."