Otto Porter of Georgetown poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner David Stern after Porter was drafted #3 overall in the first round by the Washington Wizards during the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Bourough of New York City.
This is one of those stories I hope gets more attention. When it comes to the realm of sports, oftentimes we only hear about Aaron Hernandez or A-Rod being suspended for PEDs.
However, it should be noted that there are good guys too. As is the case with any situation in life, there is good and bad. So whenever you lose complete faith in the machine of professional sports (or the city of Washington, DC, itself), remember Otto Porter.
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.