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Joel Embiid pledges to help Sixers employees

94WIP Staff
March 24, 2020 - 12:08 pm

Joel Embiid will be donating $500,000 to COVID-19 medical relief while also committing to help any Sixers employee that is dealing with financial hardship after the team reduced the salaries of certain employees, according to an ESPN report. 

Embiid, who has been in self-isolation since March 11, is also "studying the best ways to help the doctors and nurses on the front line."

News of Embiid's generous decision comes on the heels of full-time employees of both the Sixers and New Jersey Devils being notified by the sports and entertainment group who owns both teams that they will subject to temporary pay cuts of up to 20-percent. The franchises will be moving to a four-day work week due to the coronavirus. Owner Joshua Harris, who owns both teams, has been criticized heavily for the decision. 

CEO Scott O'Neil said the following a statement sent to the employees

"As we navigate this evolving COVID-19 environment, we are mindful of the long-term impact the suspension of live events and games will have on our organization and industry. To ensure we can continue to support and operate our businesses during these uncertain times without reducing our workforce, we are asking our full-time, salaried employees to temporarily reduce their pay by up to 20 percent and move to a four-day week."

Pay cuts will affect full time employees who make over $50,000 and could be up to 20-percent for those making $70,000 or more, according to The teams are also expeted to ask front office employees to take similar cuts.

It sounds like the cuts will be happening very soon: