Unfortunately social distancing doesn’t prevent us from firing off ridiculous tweets, like this one from The King:
Okay, let’s go over some facts here:
- Comcast-Spectacor will be paying Wells Fargo Center employees through the end of March. We reported this last week via official word from the company.
- Sixers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer own the Prudential Center and will be paying hourly and event staff for an undetermined amount of time.
- Harris and Blitzer do not own the Wells Fargo Center, but they will similarly pay the hourly and game night staffers who work 76ers games in South Philly. We reported this last week via a team spokesperson.
- The Phillies put together a $1 million dollar fund to help staff affected by the postponement of the season, reported first by Jim Salisbury Wednesday afternoon.
- I asked Aramark for a statement about the food and concourse workers down at the Wells Fargo Center and didn’t hear anything back from them.
- Ben Simmons donated a ton of money last year to the Australian Wildfire relief effort.
- Tobias Harris, in October, donated $1 million dollars, which was split between nine different charities.
- Joel Embiid has a foundation that does charitable work for youth in his home country of Cameroon.
Maybe the Sixers’ highest-paid players will decide to also chip in to the Coronavirus effort, but to call those three out specifically is a bit corny. Simmons, Embiid, and Harris have all put their money towards charitable endeavors in the past, while Al Horford, who isn’t mentioned and makes a lot of money, has also done extensive work in his home country of the Dominican Republic.
Howard is a troll these days and thinks that Crossing Broad is “insignificant,” so it’s very easy to rip him.
But, to his credit, he’s done a ton of charity work in the past, so it would be equally corny for me to not mention that, since The King is good with fans and the local community and typically puts his time and effort into doing positive things for other people.
Still a dumb tweet though.