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Patty Mills Donates $1.5 Million NBA Salary To Black Lives Matter And Anti-Racism Groups

Australian NBA star Patty Mills will donate every cent he earns – which will total almost $A1.5 in the league’s resuming season to social justice causes.

Mills made the announcement on Thursday morning in a video message.

“I’m proud to say I’m taking every cent from these eight games that we’re playing, which for me will turn out to be $US1,017,818 and 54 cents, and donating that directly back to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and to a recent campaign that’s called We Got You – dedicated to ending racism in sport in Australia,” Mills said.

Many NBA stars have queried whether restarting their season is the right thing to do, as it will take away some attention from the cause.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown has this week said he does not feel comfortable restarting the season but will use the NBA’s platform to spread the social justice message.

The second part of Mills’ statement suggests he is on the same page as Brown.

But the San Antonio guard wants as much money committed to the Black Lives Matter cause as possible.

“So I’m playing in Orlando because I don’t want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to Black communities,” he said.

Mills has also been encouraged by the number of white people who have come forward and admitted they were not aware of the level of racism that plagues Australian sport.

“For the first time in my career, I have white people – teammates, old teammates, old coaches – telling me they never knew the level of racism that exists in sport, especially in Australia,” he said.

“They haven’t felt comfortable asking me, as a black Australian, about racism before, which speaks to the impact and value of the Black Lives Matter movement and the millions who have participated in protests around the world.”

Mills’ Spurs are currently 12th in the Western Conference and will almost certainly need to win their final eight regular season games to feature in the playoffs.

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