Otto Porter Buys Homeless Man Lunch

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “What we do when we assume no one is paying attention demonstrates our true character.”

That’s the first sentence in a letter to the editor from yesterday’s Washington Post, and the story that accompanies it sure makes it sound as if the Wizards got a heckuva person in rookie F Otto Porter Jr.

The letter comes from a Post reader named Michael Stein…

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.

USA Today‘s For The Win reached out to the Wizards to confirm the veracity of the story, and a Wizards spokesperson told them, “Otto’s generosity and character speak for themselves.”

Yes, they certainly do.

(via FTW)


  1. Ajii says:

    Never bothered to ever comment on this site, but that’s real.

  2. lbj says:

    That’s what we called generosity. Kudos to Porter but if he wants to get a ring generosity will not do anything. He needs to play with the king “LeBron”. We will trade joel anthony plus future 1st round pick for the Wizard

  3. kevvy kev says:

    did he also make sure the man had clean clothes a place to stay and pay his bills that is what I would call generosity a sandwich doesn’t cut it , in fact 8 hours later the man was still hungry and still homeless ,,,,,otto when u start something finish it up that what real men do ,,,,thanks for the happy meal

  4. miles says:

    Glad to know that we still have people like him in the world. What he did was a bold move and should be an example to other players. Kudous to Porter and good luk cuz he will need it with the wizards

  5. Ivan says:

    Great news… Terrence Jones should take notes.

  6. Alex says:

    I hope this young man stays like this and doesn’t let fame and fortune get to him. It’s great to hear a story like this, it gives hope that he’ll make a difference in many people’s live before his career and life is over.

  7. okc2014 says:

    I’m reading the article for what it is. An act of kindness. I happen to think the Wizards will make playoffs this season. Wish them well.

  8. Garrett says:

    Nice to see such unselfishness by the young guard. Hopefully he stays true to his character despite the money he will be making. Little actions of courtesy like this can have remarkable effects on people.

  9. Care and share says:

    We definitely need more people like that in the world 🙂 PAY IT FORWARD

  10. juan says:

    so wait a minute i did the same thing last week. i brought a homeless guy dinner. how come i dont get the article

  11. NU24kobekobe says:

    I know right, same here

  12. Griddlr says:

    Wow kev, you’re right. This talented, young successful person should quit their job and devote all of their time to fixing this other grown man’s life problems. That’s what being a real man is all about right? Siiting on your butt begging until someone manly enough comes by and makes everything all better for you?

    • Griddlr says:

      Sorry- until someone comes by and is manly enough to see to it that every single part of what is wrong with that other grown person’s life is corrected. Now why would that man have begged for a sandwich? He should have been begging for a real man the whole time!

  13. just a thought says:

    I’m not sure if I’m the only one but this article left a sad feeling on me. I do not know mr Porter’s background or the difficulties he faced until he achieved his dream but his actions are deserving of praise. What’s sad about the hole story is the guy giving the praise… Someone who (by his own account) sat there watching a hungry man begging for a sandwich for 25 minutes… and the only thing he did was writing an article about someone else random act of kindness just because that someone happened to be famous…
    It’s saddening that in today’s society a random act of kindness is still newsworthy and it’s maddening the hypocrisy to praise a man for doing something so simple when the though never crossed your mind for 25 minutes…

  14. Dj onlyonewithit says:

    Allen iverson to the knicks 17 points 24 minutes for 3.9 million can mike woodson make that happen or melo make it happen iverson will bring a ring to ny knicks plus the money he will bring msg iverson jersey will be number 1 jersey sold threw all sports knicks bring iverson to new york

  15. Joe says:

    Hey it sounds like this guy went to a Jesuit college.

  16. Jordan says:

    For something like this to happen in a anti social society where everyone is an untrustrable stranger is really impactful and sets a good example for generations to come. its not even about what he gave the man, its about taking time out of his life to make someone feel good. Very UNSELFISH and KIND.

  17. david bentley says:

    Yeah good letter Otto! I mean, “Michael Stein”.