Giannis Antetokounmpo announced on Friday that he will make monetary donations to aid arena employees who will be unable to work while the NBA season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Antetokounmpo tweeted Friday that he will pledge $100,000 to Fiserv Forum staff.
It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
After the season was suspended on Wednesday night, the Bucks emailed Fiserv Forum employees and told them that if they were scheduled to work during Thursday’s game between Milwaukee and Boston, they still would be paid a guaranteed three-hour minimum because the game was canceled less than 24 hours before staff was expected to be at the arena.
The email also said “no one associated with the Arena has tested positive for COVID-19.”
Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry tweeted that the team would match Antetokounmpo’s extremely generous pledge.