Kyrie Irving Pledges $1.5 Million For WNBA Players Who Choose To Sit Out

Kyrie Irvingis stepping up for WNBA players who chose to opt out of the league's shortened, "bubbled" 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday morning, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Irving "has started a $1.5 million fund for WNBA players who choose to sit out the 2020 WNBA season due to personal, professional, health, and/or safety-related reasons."

The Associated Press reported that players will be allowed to apply for support through the KAI Empowerment Initiative website through Aug. 11 and be notified of their status by Aug. 24.

"Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions," Irving said in a statement obtained by the AP.

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