- Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love announced yesterday that he was donating $100,000 to Cleveland arena workers.
- The workers are likely to be hit hardest by the NBA’s decision to temporarily suspend the season due to coronavirus concerns.
- Love says fans should also consider the mental health effect of the virus.
Late yesterday, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love posted an image on his Instagram showing a selfie with Cleveland arena staff workers. Love wrote that he was concerned about the anxiety caused by the coronavirus and the impact the virus will have on the Cleveland staff after the NBA’s decision to suspend play earlier this week.
Love also had a broader message to fans and followers “Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same”
Here’s Love’s full statement:
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we’ve been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I’m concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I’m committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.
Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It’s important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need—whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.
The NBA issued a statement on Wednesday saying the 2019-2020 season will be suspended “until further notice.” The decision came after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. On Thursday, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell also confirmed that he had contracted the virus. Almost 58 other Jazz players were tested, but none of those tests came back positive.
For now, no NBA games will be played. Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that it’s possible for the season to resume eventually. But as of now, it’s too early to tell.