Oct. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - When word began to spread around McDonough Arena on the campus of Georgetown University on Tuesday afternoon about former All-American forward Otto Porter Jr., the reaction was fairly standard around the building - that's just Otto being Otto.
What Porter Jr. did was buy lunch for a homeless man in Washington, D.C. The story first came through a letter to the editor in the Washington Post - the full link can be read here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/otto-porters-class-act/2013/10/08/9630b5fc-2e8c-11e3-9ddd-bdd3022f66ee_story.html. From there, the world of social media took over and the story of Porter's actions
The letter to the editor came from Michael Stein in Vienna, Va., who said he was eating lunch on Friday in downtown D.C. and then saw a homeless man asking people for a sandwich. Stein saw Porter Jr. enter the shop and when he came out, he brought a sandwich, chips and a drink for the man. And he sat and talked with him for a few minutes.
"It was a wonderful thing to watch," Stein wrote in the Washington Post. "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 model for fans of all ages."
For those who have known Porter Jr. for the last two-plus years at Georgetown, it wasn't surprising to hear. When I texted Otto to tell him that I was going to write something for the Georgetown Athletics website, he replied back that it wasn't that big of a deal.
To Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III, it was not out of nature for the young man he recruited from his home in Missouri and coached for two years on the Hilltop.
"It was just Otto being Otto," Thompson said. "I said it a lot last year when it came to the way he plays, but it's also about the way he carries himself off the floor too. He's a great young man with a terrific future and this story is just an example of something all young men can look up to."
Porter Jr., the BIG EAST Player of the Year in 2013 and the No. 3 pick of the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft, led the Hoyas to a 25-7 overall record last season, including a 14-4 record in league play as the team won the BIG EAST Conference Regular Season title.