Patty Mills to donate over $1 million in salary to Black Lives Matter Australia
San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills plans to donate the remaining salary of the 2019-20 season to help Black Lives Matter organizations in his native Australia, according to Mike Finger of The San Antonio Express-News.
Several NBA players have been torn about participating in the Walt Disney World bubble as part of the NBA’s restart plan, but Mills has used this as an opportunity to give back to a cause that is helping raise awareness for social justice and equality.
“I’m playing in Orlando because I don’t want to leave any money on the table that could be going to black communities.”
The $1,017,818.54 he’s owed for the remainder of the season will be split between Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and the We Got You Campaign, according to Travis Recek of Spectrum.
“I’ve made the decision to play in Orlando and I’m proud to say that every cent I earn from these eight (remaining regular-season) games that we’re playing, which for me would turn out to be 1,017,818 dollars and 54 cents.”
Spurs guard Patty Mills says he is donating his remaining NBA salary of $1,017,818.54 in Orlando to Black Lives Matter organizations. pic.twitter.com/ugPwExNebM
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The Spurs talent has been outspoken about racism, not only in the U.S. but in his native Australia, where prejudice against aboriginals is still prevalent in some areas.
The 6-foot guard has talked about how racism influences land management and wildlife and he’s making the most of a unique situation to benefit the cause he believes in.
This generous donation paves a way in terms of generosity, a move many others could soon follow as a conscious effort to support the fight against racism and police brutality.