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Each night, they’d put their 3-year-old daughter Jrue Tyler, or JT, to bed, praying with her and singing to her. Then Jrue and Lauren Holiday would talk to each other about the state of the country. As protests against systemic racism and police brutality reverberated throughout America, it seemed that every day a new injustice against Black people came to light.“He just felt that basketball didn’t matter at this time,” Lauren said of Jrue, a veteran guard with the New Orleans Pelicans who grew up in Southern California. “[He thought], ‘There’s so much injustice happening to my own people.’”Was it worth it under those circumstances, as much as he wanted to be with his team, to go back to play? Was it wise to spent months away from his family — Lauren pregnant with their second child — during a worsening pandemic. His actions in the past have proved that basketball isn’t everything to him, his family is.One night the answer came to them. When it did, it felt so simple.
They would donate the remainder of Jrue’s salary this season, about $5 million, to businesses, nonprofits and higher learning institutions that serve the …
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