Kyrie Irving commits $1.5 million for WNBA players skipping season


The supports will come from a KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday

Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving is creation certain WNBA players can lay out a deteriorate and not highlight about a paycheck.

The Brooklyn Nets star is committing $1.5 million to addition a income of players who select not to play this season, either it be since of coronavirus concerns or amicable probity reasons.

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The supports will come from a KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday. It will also yield players with a financial education module combined by UBS.

Irving pronounced that with a assistance of WNBA players Natasha Cloud — who chose to lay out — and Jewell Loyd, he connected with several WNBA players who discussed with him a hurdles they faced in determining either to play. The deteriorate began Saturday and will be played wholly during a IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

He motionless to assistance with a financial weight in a joining where a tip annual income is a small some-more than $200,000.

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“Whether a chairman motionless to quarrel for amicable justice, play basketball, concentration on earthy or mental health, or simply bond with their families, this beginning can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving pronounced in a statement.

Players such as Cloud and Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery opted opposite personification for amicable remodel reasons, yet it’s misleading how many will validate for Irving’s program.

To be eligible, players contingency yield discernment into a resources surrounding their preference and not be receiving income support from any other entity. An opt-out for medical reasons contingency be connected to a coronavirus pandemic.

Players can get information at They need to request by Aug. 11 and recipients will be told on Aug. 24.

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Irving is not with a Nets for a restart of a NBA deteriorate as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He has been outspoken about amicable probity issues and recently constructed a TV special job for movement in a genocide of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black puncture medical technician who was shot 8 times in Louisville, Kentucky, on Mar 13 by plainclothes officers portion a narcotics hunt aver but knocking during her apartment. No drugs were found.

WNBA players wore Taylor’s name on their jerseys during opening weekend.

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