Apr 18, 2020 - Sports

NBA cuts players' pay as coronavirus keeps live sports in limbo

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

As the coronavirus pandemic keeps the sports world in limbo, the NBA announced it reached a deal to cut players' paychecks with their union, the National Basketball Players Association.

Why it matters: The athletes will see their checks reduced by 25% starting May 15, ESPN reports. The pay cut is a "clear sign" that at least some of the 259 remaining regular-season games canceled due to the coronavirus will not be rescheduled, AP writes.

  • The withheld money could be returned to players if the season restarts, but team owners have the ability to retain some of the withheld wages if the games remain canceled, The Washington Post notes.

The state of play: The average NBA team was able to play 65 of 82 games this season, WaPo reports.

  • The league's salary cap was set at a record $109.1 million per team for the season, the Post adds.

What's next: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn't specify when the league would start playing games.

  • “There’s too much unknown to set a timeline. There is no appetite [among owners] to compromise the well-being of our players. In terms of priorities, you begin with safety. We’re not at a point yet where we have a clear protocol and a path forward where we feel like we can sit down with the players and say we can resume the season. Human life trumps anything else you could possibly be talking about,” Silver said on a conference call after the NBA's annual Board of Governors meeting, per the Post.

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A man in Buffalo, New York bled out of one ear and lay motionless on the ground after police pushed him backward at a protest. He was later taken to the hospital and appeared to be alert, per a local reporter on the scene. Officers arrested five people during the protests in Niagara Square, a Buffalo Police Department statement noted.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.