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Otto Porter’s quiet act of kindness: Buys homeless guy lunch, sits down with him

Oct 9, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Otto Porter AP

There are plenty of NBA guys who will tell you all about their big money charitable foundations. For many of them it is a tax write-off and a chance to get some good PR but something they barely pay attention to, while there is a handful who are serious about the cause they focus on. That said, all of them love to do good in front of the cameras.

Which is why this story about Wizards rookie Otto Porter, out of a letter to the Washington Post, is so fantastic.

Porter is a Georgetown guy who stopped by a D.C. sandwich shop, and we’ll let the letter tell the rest.

After about 25 minutes (of the homeless guy asking people for food), 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.

The letter writer repeats the old cliché — our true character is revealed with what we do when we think nobody is looking. In that case, Porter comes off as more caring and compassionate than most.

Both as media and as a society, we can focus too much on the negative — the players and coaches who get DUIs, who get arrested for a fight, who burn through all their cash. Not just with NBA players but with celebrities of every walk. But there are plenty of them who are good people who are good fathers/mothers, who are quietly active helping the needy one way or another, who are living lives we’d be proud to have our children aspire to. Those get overlooked all to often.

It’s nice to put a spotlight on the good for a change. We could use more of it.

  1. dls612 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    That’s what i call boss!

  2. slickdemetrius - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Someone was brought up right. Good for you Mr.Porter!

  3. asimonetti88 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Way to go Otto!

  4. finley88thebeast - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    That’s pimpin’ right there…congrats to you Mr. porter

  5. heat256 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Good for him. Displaying character like that will always get one far in life, and hopefully others will follow his example.

  6. butchvapor - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I’ve never seen him play in the NBA, but he’s playing like an All-Star off the court.

    • johngalt1783 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Probably because he was drafted last June.

  7. 00maltliquor - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    That homeless dude was lucky it wasn’t Terrence Jones that hopped out that car.

  8. gameisours - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    This is probably first article about him, because he doesnt cry for attention and looks like a nice guy. Insted of buying and bragging about buying an expensive car, he cares for those who have less. He got a new fan in me!

  9. mwizards23 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    My Man Porter need more people like that.Dont need the news or reporters to see them doing stuff like this, Now help my Wiz make the playoffs

  10. johngalt1783 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Maybe the homeless dude is someone Porter beat out for the last roster spot when Porter was drafted.

    Seriously. A very nice gesture.

  11. wlubake - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Reminds me of a story a while back where Tony Romo went to the movies in Dallas. A homeless guy was handing out flyers for a few bucks outside. Romo bought him a movie ticket, popcorn and a drink, then he and his buddy sat with the guy during the movie. Only reason it came to light is because the homeless guy kept telling the story to people. Finally the media called Tony to confirm it, and he did.

  12. stayhigh_247 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    you know his mom can’t stop smiling today. good press about an athlete, awesome!

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