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Memphis offering free tickets to furloughed government employees on MLK Day


The Memphis Grizzlies are offering free tickets to all furloughed government employees on MLK Day.

Monday’s game will be a celebration of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with an afternoon showdown of NBA hoops between the 19-25 Grizzlies and Anthony DavisNew Orleans Pelicans.

During the current federal government shutdown, workers with an I.D. for any federal government department will be able to claim two tickets to the game while supplies last. Limit two tickets per government I.D.

“We want to open our doors to support federal government workers who are currently facing stress and uncertainty,” said Jason Wexler, Grizzlies President of Business Operations. “As they constantly support us each day, we want to express our appreciation for all they do with this small gesture and provide them the opportunity to join us for free at our annual MLK Jr. Celebration Game.”

Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has been as good as advertised this season, averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds on 52.0 percent shooting from the field. He also ranks 11th in the NBA in blocks per game (1.57), and has more games with at least two rejections (18) than any other rookie, starting in 42 of 44 games played. Keep an eye on him moving forward.