Carmelo Anthony says U.S. government has abandoned Puerto Rico
Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets after clearing waivers, isn’t letting some uncertainty get in the way of his activism.
According to the multiple time All-Star, he believes the US government has abandoned Puerto Rico in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last September.
Anthony will be appearing on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show,” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. In his appearance, he not only said the US abandoned Puerto Rico, but:
“It hurt … they’re American citizens.” Anthony said.
“It was … a low blow, to me and to all of the Puerto Ricans down there, because we can’t control Hurricane Maria,” he said
“We sent, you know, airplanes down there with supplies,” he said. “We had the supply stuff at the … you know, at the port; we couldn’t get in. We had to make calls and — it was just a lot. It was just sad that we had to go through (that) … in order to help people,” he told Jones.
“Puerto Rico is part of this country and I just felt like the government completely turned their back, you know, to their island,” Anthony added.
Carmelo Anthony gets a lot of flack on social media for refusing to take less money to win, but he has regularly been engaged when it comes to both donating his time and money to causes he believes in.
While most of the NBA community likely cares more about if/when Melo signs with the Rockets, his mind isn’t limited to the game of basketball.