Two days ago, Sixers limited partner Michael Rubin was “upset” and “outraged” at the organization’s decision to temporarily reduce salaries of team employees (I guess he hadn’t checked his “Sixers owners” Slack channel in a few days?):
Sources tell our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania: “76ers part-owner Michael Rubin is upset and outraged over the team deciding to reduce certain employees’ payment by up to 20 percent, temporarily.” pic.twitter.com/sL7tem2S42— Stadium (@Stadium) March 24, 2020
After the organization quickly rescinded that decision, Rubin is now taking a page out of good friend Joel Embiid’s playbook and doing his part to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many hats Rubin wears is as the Executive Chairman at popular sportswear retailer Fanatics; he announced today that the company’s factory in Pennsylvania is donating masks and gowns to frontline workers in the state.
(Thread):— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
Woke up in the middle of the night last week with idea of converting our @Fanatics factory in PA that makes official @MLB jerseys into a facility that makes much needed masks and gowns and then donating them to help fight this horrendous virus. pic.twitter.com/r6FAxUdlgH
Fast forward to today – @Fanatics and @MLB have halted production of all MLB jerseys and instead using that same fabric we make the jerseys with to make masks and gowns!! We have approx 100 associates working (extra distanced and in a very clean and safe environment of course) pic.twitter.com/E8ewI0REfn— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
and plan to make one million masks and gowns then immediately donate and distribute them to hospitals and emergency management personnel across PA with the goal of extending this to NJ and NY – the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US!!— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
Props to Michael Rubin and all the people over at Fanatics for assisting workers in the midst of this crisis. Sixers ownership just can’t stay out of the news this week; I’m sure glad it’s for an extremely positive reason this time.