NBA Stars Helping Out-of-Work Concession Workers With Massive Donations
Concession workers and hourly wage earners negatively affected the NBA's suspension of their season due to coronavirus are finding unlikely allies to help them weather the financial storm.
Numerous NBA players are donating massive amounts of money to help cover the out-of-work employees while the world waits, and hopes, that the coronavirus pandemic eventually abates.
The NBA suspended their season last week, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban immediately told a courtside reporter that he would be launching a program designed to help out-of-work hourly staffers.
Since then, there has been a flurry of young basketball stars making public announcements of significant financial support. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love kicked things off on Thursday by announcing via Instagram that he would be donating $100,000 to Cavs arena workers and support staff.
Shortly afterward, the Cavaliers organization announced that they would continue to compensate staffers even though games had stopped playing.
Next, post-Love's donation, fellow NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo announced a similar pledge to Milwaukee's FiServe arena workers via Twitter:
And the latest breakout star, Zion Williamson, pledged via Instagram to cover the salaries of workers for the next 30 days at New Orleans Smoothie King Arena where the Pelicans play:
Detroit Piston's star Blake Griffin has also pledged $100,000, and Steph Curry played a critical role in a $1,000,000 donation from players, coaches and the Golden State Warriors organization.