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Kyrie Irving Sets Up Fund To Cover Salaries Of WNBA Players

Kyrie Irving Sets Up Fund To Cover Salaries Of WNBA Players

Well played, Kyrie Irving.

The Brooklyn Nets stars has set up a fund to cover the salaries of WNBA players who decide to opt out of the 2020 season.

It's understood Irving has committed US$1.5million (AUD$2.1m) to the cause, which he hopes will allow WNBA stars to sit out the campaign without having to worry about the financial costs of doing so.

And with the highest salary in the league being just over $200,000, Irving's gesture could be a godsend for those in need of the help during these tough times.

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Irving said in a statement: "Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions."

The 2020 WNBA season began last weekend in Florida, although several big-name stars were missing.

Washington Mystics superstar Natasha Cloud and Atlanta Dream ace Renee Montgomery opted out of the season in a protest against racial injustice, while the likes of Tina Charles, Liz Cambage, Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver are among those who cited health reasons for their absence.

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Natasha Cloud. Credit: PA
Natasha Cloud. Credit: PA

WNBA players must provide valid reasoning in order to qualify for Irving's program.

It's understood opt-outs on medical grounds must be COVID-19 related.

"In these conversations, I have learned about the challenges and opportunities of their decisions and how it will impact their lives, family, and overall wellbeing," Irving said.

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"This platform was created to provide support for all WNBA players in hopes to relieve some of the financial strain imposed during these challenging times."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Racism, Basketball, NBA, Coronavirus, Australia, Covid-19

Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.

 

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