In a virtual conference, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills announced that he will play in Orlando. The Spurs has a chance to snag the eighth seed in the Western Conference to make history. The veteran also said that his earnings for the next eight games worth 1 million dollars will be donated to Black Lives Matter Australia.
It’s not been an easy decision to make,” said Mills of weighing the health concerns of playing basketball while Covid-19 is around. “I also understand my responsibility to this team and the organization.”
“I’m playing in Orlando because I don’t want to leave any money on the table that could be going to black communities,” said Mills of donating the salary he earns in three groups for social justice in Australia – ‘Black Lives Matter Australia,’ ‘Deaths in Custody,’ and the ‘We Got You’ campaign.
The guard is a little anxious for the COVID 19 increasing numbers in Florida.
“Safety is the number one priority for everyone in this position,” said Mills. “It’s a massive concern for everyone. Not just in basketball, but around the world.”
“It’s only human for me to have concerns from a health and safety concern,” said Mills of playing basketball again.
Then he discussed the protest of social injustice in the United States that impacted the whole world.
A lot of different emotions,” said Mills of what the protests sparked. “A lot of conversations with a lot of different people.”
“It’s captured the eye of the people it needed to,” said Mills of the social justice movement.