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.