Warriors’ Klay Thompson vows to help in Bahamas relief effort; blasts Trump administration over refugees
Klay Thompson is the latest NBA star to send aid to the Bahamas. He is tapping his organization — the Thompson Family Foundation — to help the Carribean nation after the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.
He released a statement on his Instagram profile to talk about the devastation that hit the island nation and the steps his organization will take to help his family’s home.
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These past few weeks have been so unimaginably hard for Bahamians, especially on the islands of Abaco and Freeport. People have lost everything- loved ones, family, possessions, homes. Whatever you cherish it’s gone for these communities. This is far from a quick fix, it will take years and years of rebuilding. The @thompsonfamilyfoundation will do everything in its power to help with relief efforts right now and for many years to come. All contributions no matter how big or small will go long way and are greatly appreciated. Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing. And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this… and if you have one your a real piece of 💩 Bahamians will persevere, but help along the way is greatly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 🇧🇸
Thompson said that his family will be organizing a celebrity golf tournament for the island nation. The post also mentioned that the organization will match whatever amount of money the event was able to raise.
However, nothing but the fieriest comments were given to US President Donald Trump for his unruly comments towards Bahamian refugees.
“We have to be very careful,” he told reporters outside the White House before heading to a North Carolina campaign rally, via the Huffington Post. “Everyone needs totally proper documentation because the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas who weren’t supposed to be there.”
Thompson pointed out how Americans frequented the island for leisure but won’t lift a finger to help in its time of need. The shooting guard had this to say about those who won’t open their doors:
“I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playgrounds for letting loose and vacationing. And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms when they lost everything?!”
Thompson isn’t the only NBA player to use his influence to help the nation. Buddy Hield and Deandre Ayton have also tapped their communities to help the country. We can expect more help from NBA stars in the coming days.