Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love Donates $100,000 to Arena Workers Affected by NBA Suspension Due to Coronavirus

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has pledged to donate $100,000 to arena workers affected by the NBA's suspension.

Employees across the 29 arenas in the league are paid hourly and with the NBA season suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, they face a significant financial blow.

To mitigate the issue, Love has vowed to donate a six-figure sum to workers at the Quickens Loan Arena, where the Cavs play their home games.

"The fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming," the 2016 NBA champion wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday to announce the donation.

"Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work.

"I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season."

In the past, Love has been very open about his personal struggles with anxiety and depression and his gesture did not go unnoticed. The Cavs thanked their star through their official Twitter account, as did Love's teammate Larry Nance.

Thank you @kevinlove — coming through in the clutch 🙏

We’re behind you, as we also announced earlier today that we are compensating all of our @RMFieldHouse hourly and event staff team members as if every game and every event is still taking place!

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 12, 2020

Love's donation looks to have set the ball rolling in the NBA, with at least two team owners pledging to implement measures to ensure arena workers receive some kind of financial compensation.

"I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren't going to be able to come to work—you know, they get paid by the hour, and this is their source of income," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during a press conference Wednesday.

"We'll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we've already started the process of having a program in place. I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."

According to The Athletic, Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler looks set to follow Cuban's example. "I know the Hawks are doing the same thing," Cuban was quoted as saying.

On Wednesday night the NBA announced the season would be suspended until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday's schedule of games until further notice," the NBA said in a statement. "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.''

Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell has since tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Friday morning, over 1,700 cases have been reported in the U.S., with 40 deaths and 12 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Over 4,700 people have died since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There are over 128,000 cases globally, with 68,000 recovered.

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Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after a teammate scored during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 4 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 112-106. Jason Miller/Getty