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The Coalition was formed after the Milwaukee Bucks walked out of a first-round playoff game.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday that Miami Heat managing general partner Micky Arison will join the fledging NBA Social Justice Coalition Board. The group also includes representatives from the league’s players and coaches.
Sources: NBA Social Justice Coalition Board:
Governors: Micky Arison, Steve Ballmer, Clay Bennett, Marc Lasry, Vivek Randadive
Players: Carmelo Anthony, Avery Bradley, Sterling Brown, Donovan Mitchell, Karl-Anthony Towns
Coaches: Lloyd Pierce, Doc Rivers
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 9, 2020
After the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play in their Game 4 match-up against the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed to create the NBA Social Justice Coalition.
Last month, the Miami Heat donated $45,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a group that works to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people. During Game 4 of the NBA Finals — technically a “home game” for Miami — many returning citizens appeared as virtual fans.
Lots of virtual fans in “Let my people vote” shirts for Game 4. They are from the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and have had their right to vote reestablished.
When amendment 4 passed in Florida, roughly 1.4 million ex-felons became eligible to vote. pic.twitter.com/6etWHhANDv
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 7, 2020
The Heat also sought to make the AmericanAirlines Arena a polling site in last week’s November elections. The county’s Election Board’s refusal to designate the arena as a location drew a strong response from the team and was the subject of a Miami Herald investigative piece a couple weeks back.