Michael Rubin to use Fanatics MLB jersey facility to produce masks and gowns
The Sixers organization can’t stay out of the headlines this week. First, news broke that Harris & company were going to cut the pay of their employees 20%. Then Joel Embiid came out the following day stating that he would pay $500,000 to avoid the pay cuts, only to have the 76ers organization pull back again and say that would in fact, not be moving forward with the plan.
Not everyone was happy with the decision to cut pay of employees. Most notably, Sixers limited parter, Michael Rubin.
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
Finally some good news. Michael Rubin, Sixers limited partner and Executive Chairman of Fanatics, will be utilizing a Fanatics MLB Jersey production facility to create masks and gowns to the workers on the front lines in the state of PA providing treatment to patients with the coronavirus.
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
— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
The plan is to produce one million masks and gowns and immediately donate and distribute them to hospitals and emergency management personnel across the state of Pennsylvania. Per Rubin, he has a goal of extending distribution to New Jersey and New York, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
Way to go Michael Rubin and Joel Embiid for both stepping up and practically saving the 76ers organization from additional onslaught this week. The organization needed a win. Hospitals and emergency centers needed a win. We all needed a win.
Several owners and players have already taken the right steps in aiding people in need during this national emergency. Hopefully more will follow suit as more step up and do what’s right.