Patty Mills, a player for the San Antonio Spurs, donated his entire salary from the eight games he will play in the NBA season restart to the Black Lives Matter social movement.
“I am proud to say that I am taking advantage of every penny of these eight games we are going to play, of which I have been paid a salary of $ 1,017,818 and 54 cents, to donate directly to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and a A recent campaign called We Got You, dedicated to ending racism in sport in Australia” Mills said in a video posted by the Spurs.
“So I’m playing in Orlando because I don’t want to leave money on the table that can go directly to black communities”
Patty Mills, who was born in Australia, has expressed his support for social justice and the end of racism.
Several NBA players have worried that games on television may alienate people from the global protests that have occurred since the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.
The league and the players union have been working on plans to raise awareness of social justice issues, including having messages like Black Lives Matter and Justice Now on the back of the shirts, in addition to other expressions approved by both parties.