Washington Wizards rookie Otto Porter Jr. (center), general manager Ernie Grunfeld (right) and head coach Randy Whitman (left) pose for a picture after a press conference to introduce Porter after being drafted with the third pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft at Verizon Center . Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports
(USA Today) -- Whether fair or not, there's a perception of professional athletes as self-centered and out of touch with the financial struggles of average Americans. Nobody can make that claim of Washington Wizards rookie Otto Porter.
A Washington Post reader shared a terrific story that makes Porter, the No. 3 overall pick and former Georgetown star, come off like an all-around good dude. The reader, Michael Stein, was sitting outside a sandwich shop somewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, where a homeless man was asking passers-by if they could spare money for a sandwich. Porter walked in, and what happened next was just awesome:
"Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink," Stein wrote. "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."
In an email to For The Win, a spokesman for the Wizards confirmed the story, adding: "Otto's generosity and character speak for themselves."
This is just a fantastic story that shows the kind of person Porter is away from the spotlight.