Orlando Magic chairman Dan DeVos pledges $2M to help those who lost their jobs at the Amway Centre, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA season has been cut short due to the fears of spreading the Coronavirus, after Rudy Gobert started the potential mass spread around the major sports league. It has now come out since that he has spread it to team mates and all these players have now had to self isolate due to the risk of spreading the disease. Donovan Mitchell and Emmanuel Mudiay, both of which are teammates of Gobert, have tested positive for the virus.
DeVos’s help for the Amway staff follows many other owners and players recent support, around the US, due to a large majority of them losing their job and only income because of the closure of the league.
Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban was the first to announce the support he would be giving to those workers saying, “I reached out … to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren’t going to be able to come to work.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks have also said they will help out with pay.
Many NBA players and superstars have also done their part, with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz and Kevin Love, to name a few, all helping out. However, it is Pelican’s rookie Zion Williamson who is taking the headlines. The rookie out of Duke, who has played minimal games this season due to injury, is still supporting those who help him every game day by pledging over $300,000, covering the salaries of the Smoothie King Center employees for 30 days.