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Basketball star Kevin Love donates $100,000 to help out-of-work NBA staff during coronavirus shutdown
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As America shuts down its public venues to protect its citizens from COVID-19, there is going to be a terrible ripple effect across the economy when countless people temporarily lose their jobs.

The sports world, which depends on bringing large groups of people together, has been devastated by the virus.

The NBA, NHL, and MLB have decided to shut down their leagues, putting thousands of people out of work. With the NBA closing the doors on 29 arenas across the country for the foreseeable future, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love has put up $100,000 to help out-of-work arena employees.

"My hope is that others will step up!" Love told ESPN



Here's a portion of Love's statement.

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. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.

Love also made note that we should be supportive of those who suffer from mental illness and "vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat."

He also said we should also be aware of "stigma and xenophobia" caused by the pandemic.

"Be kind to one another," Love said. "Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same."

People who wish to contribute can do so through the Kevin Love Fund. Its aim is "inspiring people to live their healthiest lives while providing the tools to achieve physical and emotional well-being."

On Thursday, the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse where the Cavs play their homes games, made a commitment to help its employees. The arena announced it will create "a compensation plan to continue paying our event staff and hourly workforce that is impacted with the changes to our regular event schedule."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has made a similar gesture to the employees at the American Airlines Center.

"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," Cuban said during a news 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," Cuban continued. "I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."

COVID-19 is already having a significant effect on just about every facet of American life. Love's gesture isn't just important for the people that work in the Cavaliers organization, it calls attention to the pain that's starting to be felt everywhere as America shuts down due to the virus.



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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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