The base Kyrie irving, of the Brooklyn nets, has confirmed this Monday that he has donated 1.5 million dollars to the players of the WNBA that they decided not to compete and help them to avoid financial problems by not receiving wages.
The players who will be able to receive money from the donation of Irving are the ones who decided not to play the regular season because of the coronavirus or by social demands.
Funding will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched this Monday. It will also provide players with a financial education program created by the multinational UBS.
Irving said that with the help of the WNBA players, Natasha Cloud and Jewell loyd, who chose to stay out of the league, connected with other WNBA professionals who discussed with him the challenges they faced in deciding whether or not to compete.
The season started last Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Irving He decided to help with the financial burden in a league where the top annual salary is just over $ 200,000.
“Whether a person has decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can support their priorities and decisions,” he said. Irving it’s a statement.
Players like Cloud and Renee Montgomery, from Atlanta, chose not to play for reasons of social reform. It is unclear how many WNBA professionals will qualify for the Irving.
To be eligible, players must provide information about the circumstances surrounding their decision and not receive salary support from any other entity.
A medical exclusion must be connected to the coronavirus pandemic, and the league must pay full wages.
Players can obtain information on the website of KAI Empowerment Initiative. They must submit their application by August 11, and recipients will be notified on August 24.
Irving not with the Nets for the restart of the NBA season while recovering from right shoulder surgery.
However, he has expressed his opinion on social justice issues and recently produced a special call to television for action in the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency medical specialist, who was shot eight times on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky, by plainclothes officers.
Undercover agents were carrying out a narcotics search warrant without calling their department. No drugs were found in the home of Taylor.
The WNBA players used the name of Taylor on their shirts during the opening weekend of the regular season.