Reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson is widely known today for being a consistent energy spark off the bench for the league-leading Utah Jazz.
But on Thursday, June 10, while the Jazz are resting up for their next playoff game, the Fil-Am star focused his positive energy elsewhere off the court, and helped a Pinoy food truck recover from a racist vandalism attack in Layton, Utah.
The 29-year-old guard, who celebrated his birthday last Monday, June 7, condemned the attack of the World Famous Yum Yum Asian Food Truck, which got sprayed on with racist, expletive-laced graffiti.
“It hurt me deeply to see that Salt Lake’s [Yum Yum Asian] food truck was recently vandalized – I know the pain that hateful language and racism causes,” Clarkson wrote on Twitter.
The truck has since been sent to vehicle graphics designer Identity Graphx for repainting, and is set for a June 12 reopening, coinciding with the celebration of Philippine Independence Day.
Layton police have also offered a $500 reward for any leads on the racist perpetrators.
While the food truck owners have been selling Filipino cuisine in Utah fairs and markets for the last 10 years according to their website, they only managed to get their mobile eatery project on the road last year.
The food truck incident is the only the latest in a string of anti-Asian and overall racist attacks plaguing the United States with heightened intensity since the pandemic began.
Just a few days ago also in Utah, the family of Memphis Grizzlies rising star Ja Morant was harassed by racist Jazz fans who watched the Jazz-Grizzlies first round series.
This prompted the Jazz organization, coaches, and players to apologize to the Morant family on the fans’ behalf as other NBA teams also rushed to quell a spike of excessively rowdy fan incidents.
Clarkson and the Jazz are now in the midst of a heated semifinals battle against the Los Angeles Clippers, where they lead 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. – Rappler.com