By: Bobby Rondil
With the continuing spread of the coronavirus, it has continued to impact people around the world both physically and financially, but many others have stepped up to help those in need.
New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson announced that he will pay the salaries of all the employees at the Smoothie King Center.
Smoothie King Center is the home arena of his NBA team, this following the suspension of the NBA season for 30 days.
In a post on his Instagram Williamson attested to the value of the employees at the home arena saying, “some of the most special people I have met are those who have worked at the smoothie King Center.” Williamson explaining how the staff has been incredibly welcoming and supportive of him since he was drafted in June of 2019.
According to Sports Illustrated, Williamson makes just below $10 Million.
Williamson’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed. In a statement the New Orleans Pelicans had congratulated him on his effort.
The team is also working on a plan to assist employees with ASM management the center’s management company since they are just tenants and not owners of the arena.
“While it is a bit more complicated being that the Pelicans are simply the tenant of the building, the giving and helping this community in a time of need by Mrs. Benson and her organizations is unquestioned,” the Pelicans said, referencing team owner Gayle Benson. “When people need help, there is NEVER a question of who will be there.”
Other NBA players have joined in as well to support workers during the league’s hiatus. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo are donating $100,000 to aid arena workers.