Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo announced that he will donate $100,000 to support his team’s arena staff who remain unemployed after the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The league’s reigning MVP made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, writing that the gesture is “bigger than basketball.”
Antetokounmpo’s announcement comes after the NBA abruptly suspended its season on Wednesday after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that the league will remain suspended for at least 30 days. The pause in action leaves thousands of arena workers nationwide without jobs.
Through his donation, Antetokounmpo joins the ranks of fellow players such as Kevin Love, who became the first to announce his own on Thursday. Love posted on Instagram that he would contribute $100,000 through his foundation, writing that, “I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.”
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