NBA Club Orlando Magic Sparks Controversy with Donation to Republican Presidential Candidate

Just imagine: FC Bayern supports a candidate in the federal elections with a large donation. Inconceivably! It’s different in the US…

There, NBA club Orlando Magic donated $ 50,000 (approx. 45,500 euros) to Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis (44). This is evident from the records of the US Electoral Service.

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The donation was received on June 26 by Never Back Down, a support group linked to the Florida governor’s presidential campaign.

DeSantis wants to be president in the 2024 election. Before that, however, he still has to assert himself against Donald Trump (77), who is also running for the Republicans. So the NBA club supports a Trump opponent.

Because of the donation there are huge discussions in the USA! As soon as it became known, many players had made critical comments about it.

The NBA’s players’ union has now taken action and has described the behavior as “alarming”. “A political donation by the Orlando Magic is alarming given the recipient’s recent statements and policies,” the NBPA statement said.

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And further: “NBA governors, players and employees have the right to express their personal political views, including through donations and statements. However, when donations are made on behalf of an entire team using money earned through the labor of the employees, it is incumbent on the team owners to consider the different values ​​and perspectives of the employees and players. Magic’s donation does not constitute player support for the recipient.”

There has never been such a case in US sport. Typically, team owners support their favorite candidate through a private donation – rather than through the club.

The Magic therefore saw themselves forced to revise the explosive donation. “To be clear, this donation was made before Governor DeSantis entered the presidential race. It was given by a Florida corporation in support of a Florida governor to keep central Florida prosperous,” the statement said. The donation is to be issued a week before the announcement of DeSantis’ candidacy.

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The NBA club is owned by the DeVos family, a wealthy business family from the state of Michigan. However, a family spokesman told CNN, “No member of the DeVos family has endorsed or offered financial support to any of the 2024 presidential candidates at this time.” He declined to say more.

So many question marks about the ominous donation…

2023-08-03 19:15:22
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