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Zion Williamson to pay salaries of out-of-work arena employees

Posted at 6:03 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:27:10-04

NEW ORLEANS -- Star NBA rookie Zion Williamson has stepped up to help workers at Smoothie King Center, the arena where the New Orleans Pelicans play basketball.

With the NBA season suspended due to coronavirus, Williamson has pledge to pay the salaries of those workers currently unable to make money at games.

"The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at Smoothie King Center," Williamson posted on Instagram. "These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days."