Zion Williamson to pay salaries of entire Smoothie King Center staff for next month

Zion Williamson to pay salaries of entire Smoothie King Center staff for next month

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Zion Williamson to pay salaries of entire Smoothie King Center staff for next month

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Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson is likely on track for some massive paydays in the future, but he’s currently playing on his rookie contract, and it’s not like he’s swimming in money yet.

And yet, that still didn’t stop him from coming through with an incredible gesture to help those in need.

Williamson announced that he’d be paying the salaries of all Smoothie King Center staff for the next 30 days, in the wake of the NBA’s suspension for that time period — and possibly even longer — due to COVID-19.

“The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.” Williamson wrote.

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The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.

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It’d be great to see Pelicans owner Gayle Benson do the same.

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