“What We Do When We Assume No One is Paying Attention Demonstrates Our True Character”


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Michael Stein of Vienna, Virginia, witnessed a good deed performed by Otto Porter Jr., who played at Georgetown and was the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards’ 2013 first-round draft pick. In an 8 October 2013 letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Mr. Stein wrote, “What we do when we assume no one is paying attention demonstrates our true character. 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. It was a wonderful thing to watch. This pure act of kindness, when no one was paying any attention, demonstrated true character and a genuine concern for someone in need. Mr. Porter, kudos to you. You are a gentleman and a true role model for fans of all ages.” Sports columnist Rob Mahoney wrote about this good deed, “This isn’t some bit of counter-programming on a player with a checkered reputation, as every indication suggests that Porter is a good egg. But it’s heartening nonetheless to see a 20-year-old millionaire stopping, if only for a moment, to help out a hungry man with his lunch. Good on you, Otto, for a thoughtful act done for its own sake.”

For Further Information: Rob Mahoney, “Letter to the editor depicts Washington’s Otto Porter as a good Samaritan.” NBA.SI.com. 8 October 2013


For Further Information: Michael Stein, “Wizards’ Otto Porter’s class act.” Letter to the Editor. Washington Post. 8 October 2013


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