Veteran San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills says he is donating his salary from the NBA’s 22-team restart in Orlando, Fla., to Black Lives Matter and other social justice causes. In a video posted by the Spurs on social media Wednesday, Mills said he was donating more than $1 million to the campaigns Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and We Got You — an organization dedicated to ending racism in sports across his native Australia.
Mills said, “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 $1,017,818 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. 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.”
Mills, 31, has been one of the NBA’s vocal leaders in the fight against social injustice and racism.