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Majpain
01-05-2006, 02:51 AM
I knew he did this but I'm surprised he is not gotten any media attention from his great gesture

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KG and Oprah
How do you make Mother Moses cry? In a year when ball players were getting press for "str8 stupidness" it seemed strange that Kevin Garnett's written appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show went notice-free.

He wrote her a letter. They gave her the letter on-air as a surprise. In the letter, he said he wanted to donate something to her Angel Network, which was building houses for those who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. His pledge: To build one house per month for the next two years. That's 24 homes! Two seasons of "Extreme Makeover." Financially funded by one person … with no commercial return on his donation. A gesture that should have landed him on the cover of Time alongside Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono as Persons of The Year. A gesture that made Oprah -- read it again, Oprah -- break down.

But still, no member of the media wrote a story about it. USA Today scripted a blurb; ESPN.com made a mention. But overall -- nada.

Now, let Kevin Garnett or any other athlete run a stop light; let them miss a practice unexcused; let them miss a child support payment -- Bam! Lead story on "SportsCenter," forum discussion on "Rome Is Burning," breaking news on CNN.

In an era when it is too often publicly asked: "Where are our kids' role models?"; in a society that is starved for areas of positiveness to come from our professional athletes; in a world where we have been conditioned to believe that every one of these young superstars is unappreciative, ungrateful, undeserving and a void soul, a situation arose that could have shifted the entire perception of their existence. What Kevin Garnett did was just that big.

But guess who dropped the ball? Us. The media, for not saying anything about it, and the public, for not demanding that we do.

The moral of this story: How do you make the media not pay attention to you when you are a superstar athlete? Do something humane."


KG is a great person.Scoop Jackson wrote this..I love you scoop!!!:cool:

Slappy8800
01-05-2006, 03:23 AM
good post

wazzy
01-05-2006, 03:25 AM
Awsome post man and your exactly right!

finfansince72
01-05-2006, 05:27 AM
You know I surf for sports news, watch ESPN constantly and I never heard of this. Thats just shameful and embarrassing. I wonder if Tom Brady did this would it have been frontpage ESPN news? Makes you wonder.

phunwin
01-05-2006, 09:40 AM
I think I heard this briefly on ESPN, but you're right: way too much emphasis on the bad, not nearly enough on the good. Way to go, KG!

Majpain
01-05-2006, 03:36 PM
I already Emailed 60 mins on this matter lol.Next will be emailing ESPN!!!!Anyone got the email??

Nappy Roots
01-05-2006, 03:47 PM
wow, awsome read. so true. Garnett gonna build 24 houses for katrina and not a damn thing said about it? thats ashame :shakeno:




You know I surf for sports news, watch ESPN constantly and I never heard of this. Thats just shameful and embarrassing. I wonder if Tom Brady did this would it have been frontpage ESPN news? Makes you wonder.


yea same here.

NJFINSFAN1
01-05-2006, 04:07 PM
Wow, that's great, never heard it!

K-train
01-05-2006, 04:43 PM
It's old news. I saw that on TNT in the pre-game show, A month ago.

Ferretsquig
01-05-2006, 05:11 PM
But guess who dropped the ball? Us. The media, for not saying anything about it, and the public, for not demanding that we do.

The moral of this story: How do you make the media not pay attention to you when you are a superstar athlete? Do something humane."

Or mabey we just look at a guy donating 8% of his income every year in more cynical terms, and fail to see the reason for the media to be doting on it as some great accomplishment.

Majpain
01-05-2006, 05:46 PM
It's old news. I saw that on TNT in the pre-game show, A month ago.


I watched that.But it went unnotice.Scoop Jackson made a great article.

Prime
01-05-2006, 06:18 PM
Too bad that we always hear about the bad stuff but never the good stuff that happens.


Thanks for the story man.

Fresh
01-05-2006, 07:21 PM
Garnett, no h0mo, has one of the best hearts in professional sports. No doubt about that, and props for the read..

Majpain
01-05-2006, 07:47 PM
I'm also thinking about emailing PTI.

K-train
01-05-2006, 08:52 PM
Garnett, no h0mo, has one of the best hearts in professional sports. No doubt about that, and props for the read..

Blueprint check your Pm's

Muck
01-06-2006, 12:56 AM
Or mabey we just look at a guy donating 8% of his income every year in more cynical terms, and fail to see the reason for the media to be doting on it as some great accomplishment.

That's a pretty ****ty way to look at it.

And who's to say that's all he's giving?? I seriously doubt this is the only charitable contribution Garnett will give the next two years. Not only money, but he gives his time.

He's a guy with means that's putting it to good use out of the goodness of his heart. He's going to change 24 families' lives. It needs to be doted on because it's a truth that goes unreported. The media infuences the way we look at people. They need to be as accurate as possible and report the good as well as the bad. Not just the bad.

Ferretsquig
01-06-2006, 02:52 PM
He's a guy with means that's putting it to good use out of the goodness of his heart. He's going to change 24 families' lives. It needs to be doted on because it's a truth that goes unreported. The media infuences the way we look at people. They need to be as accurate as possible and report the good as well as the bad. Not just the bad.

:sidelol:
OK hes a saint.....and the media is some evil institution for not taking his publicist's cue with the Oprah impromptu appearance and running with it. So every wealthy person who donates money needs media attention now? Since virtually every multi-millionaire donates to various charities, I think it would be a rather monumentous task. But I guess since hes a famous athelete he deserves to be adored for such for the "goodness of his heart."

Majpain
01-06-2006, 10:59 PM
:sidelol:
OK hes a saint.....and the media is some evil institution for not taking his publicist's cue with the Oprah impromptu appearance and running with it. So every wealthy person who donates money needs media attention now? Since virtually every multi-millionaire donates to various charities, I think it would be a rather monumentous task. But I guess since hes a famous athelete he deserves to be adored for such for the "goodness of his heart."

No its just odd how no one reconizes this.I'm sure he doesn't care about the attention but I wouldn't mind him getting any.

Majpain
01-07-2006, 01:14 AM
Also this is the Entire Article by Scoop

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/051227 (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/051227)

Muck
01-07-2006, 01:48 PM
:sidelol:
OK hes a saint.....and the media is some evil institution for not taking his publicist's cue with the Oprah impromptu appearance and running with it. So every wealthy person who donates money needs media attention now? Since virtually every multi-millionaire donates to various charities, I think it would be a rather monumentous task. But I guess since hes a famous athelete he deserves to be adored for such for the "goodness of his heart."

:smackhead

Brilliant.

Well, you used "cynical". So I don't have to.

What we're saying is that things are out of whack. If KG had gotten into a dispute with a fan and somebody called the cops....regardless of how minute or unjustified....it'd be on SportsCenter that night.

But he's chosen to build 24 houses for charity.....and it goes largely unnoticed, despite the fact that he was on OPRAH when he did it.

How many celebrities go on Oprah and announce they want to build 24 houses for charity?? Doesn't that seem a little out of the ordinary?? Is it something that requires a publicists' cue to be noticed??

That's quite a riddle you got figured out there.

Things are out of whack. It doesn't require adoration. Just a simple acknowledgement for news purposes if nothing else. I, for one, would like to have known about it.