The NBA has announced it will donate $10 million worth of professional lacrosse gear to players in the wake of the shooting deaths of three NBA players at a New York City nightclub.
The NBA will match $2 million in donations made to the Victims of Crime Fund, which provides support to those who have been the victims of crime.
The NBA will also give the gear to victims of domestic violence, and support the American Red Cross.NBA president of basketball operations David Stern told reporters on Tuesday that the league is committed to doing everything possible to make this event as smooth and painless as possible for those affected by the shooting.
He said the NBA would offer $2,000 in cash to players to help pay for funeral costs.
Stern said he was personally saddened by the shootings at the club, but said the league and its players have taken steps to make sure the league’s players’ safety is paramount in its day-to-day operations.
“We are doing everything we can to make it as painless and pain-free as possible and to make the NBA the best in the world,” Stern said.
“I think it’s a testament to the players that we were able to come together, in the midst of such a tragedy, and we were willing to do anything and everything that we could to help these players.”
The NBA has been criticized for the lack of action by the NBA and the league in recent months following the death of two players, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook.
Suns star Derrick Rose was the lone player to speak out in support of the NBA’s handling of the shootings, and has said he hopes that the NBA will act more quickly to address the issue of domestic abuse.NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that players should not be expected to take the lives of other people in the name of sport, but Stern and NBA president of business operations, Mike Bassett, have said the leagues will do everything they can to ensure that the safety of its players is paramount.