Joel Embiid Makes a Kind Gesture Towards the Coronavirus Victims After Philadelphia 76ers’ Stupidity

Published 03/24/2020, 3:01 PM EDT


Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will donate $500k to the coronavirus relief fund. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the big man decided to donate virus victims as well as the Sixers employees.

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Philadelphia 76ers star @JoelEmbiid has decided to pledge $500K to COVID-19 medical relief—to help survival and protection efforts in the community. AND he’s committed to helping Sixers employees who will suffer financial hardship in light of the franchise’s salary reductions.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) March 24, 2020

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Shelburne had earlier reported that Embiid has been showing interest in helping people during the ongoing pandemic.

Embiid, who has been in self-isolation since 3/11, has been studying the best ways to help the doctors and nurses on the front lines, who are treating patients with COVID-19.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) March 24, 2020

Being the biggest superstar in the team, it was indeed kind of him to show his support towards the people who have been around him.

Joel Embiid pledged to donate after Philadelphia 76ers cut out the salaries of their employees

Embiid’s decision came shortly after the Sixers announced that their staff will have a 20 % reduction in their salaries.

“As we navigate this evolving COVID-19 environment, we are mindful of the long-term impact the suspension of live events and games will have on our organization and industry. To ensure we can continue to support and operate our businesses during these uncertain times without reducing our workforce, we are asking our full-time, salaried employees to temporarily reduce their pay by up to 20 percent and move to a four-day week,” the Sixers said in a statement.

Members of Sixers coaching staff and front office on contracts have until Thursday to agree to 20 percent salary reduction, sources tell ESPN. Among many so far, there’s apprehension on committing to giving back money — especially with uncertainty surrounding employment futures.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 24, 2020

“In addition to supporting our people, we are committed to playing an ongoing role in funding efforts to help the most impacted residents in our home cities. In the coming days, we will enter into additional partnerships in Philadelphia, Camden and Newark to assist our neighbors with food and resource distribution during this public health crisis.”

Many were unhappy with the Sixers’ decision to cut salaries. Many on social media criticized the Phillies owner for his decision.

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#Sixers ownership is a joke. https://t.co/euvTTARBRO

— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) March 24, 2020

Sixers and Devils owner Josh Harris is worth $3.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Spare a thought for the billionaire. I’m sure the billionaire is going through some really tough times. https://t.co/Hyv5lkbM1Y

— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) March 23, 2020

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