NBA players—and athletes in general—get a bad rap. There are a lot of them out there who do really, really nice things for people and try to make the world a better place. But far too often, it goes completely unnoticed. Why? Well, sadly, "NBA PLAYER SHOOTS UP A STRIP CLUB!" gets way more attention than "NBA Player Helps A School Get A New Computer Lab." For better or worse, that's the way the world works these days. But even with that being said, we're going to go out on a limb today and bet that you will absolutely love a recent story about an NBA player eating a sandwich with a homeless man.
That NBA player is Otto Porter, who was selected third overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. And the story comes courtesy of a "Letter to the Editor" that ran in the Washington Post today. It was written by a man named Michael Stein who lives in Maryland and it goes like this….
On Friday, during a very stressful week for Washington, I looked to escape the madness for 30 minutes on what was a warm fall afternoon. I was reading The Post and eating a quick lunch at a table outside a local sandwich shop while a disheveled homeless man sat nearby, persistently and unsuccessfully asking anyone who walked by if he or she could “spare a sandwich.”
After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk.
How incredible is that? You can read the entire letter over here. So often, we hear nothing but bad things about NBA players and other athletes. But Porter just proved that there are nice, selfless, considerate guys in the NBA. We obviously knew that they existed before reading this story. But it's still nice to read a story like this for a change as opposed to a story like this. Thanks, Otto.
[via Washington Post]