|Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a play in Game Five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena on June 2, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlet/ AFP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson has dished out a fine assist to the Filipino community of his team's home city of Salt Lake in Utah, PhilStar reported. The Utah Jazz guard committed help to a Filipino owner of a food truck that was vandalized with hate speech.
Clarkson spoke out about it on social media on Wednesday. “It hurt me deeply to see that Salt Lake's [Yum Yum Food Truck] was recently vandalized — I know the pain that hateful language and racism causes,” wrote Clarkson. The truck had the phrase “F*ck Ch*nks” spray-painted on it. Per Clarkson, he will be working with the owners to restore the truck and “hopefully lift [the owners'] spirit." The owners of the food truck expressed their gratitude to Clarkson.
"Thank you [Jordan Clarkson] for not only wrapping our food truck but also for having it detailed at Gorilla Car Wash & for your continued support & encouragement. It means THE WORLD to the community & to us," Yum Yum Food Truck said on Twitter. The vandalization of the food truck comes as the persistence of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the US continues amid the coronavirus pandemic.