Matt Kemp $250,000, In the immediate aftermath of the unspeakably tragic tornado in Moore, Okla., Dodgers outfielder and Oklahoma native Matt Kemp pledged to donate $1,000 to relief for every home run he hit. Kemp, mostly on social media, encountered some strident and -- to me -- childish criticism for his gesture. Kemp then announced plans to go far beyond that initial pledge.
Here's the statement Kemp sent to former major-leaguer Chris Singleton, who's also active in helping tornado victims:
"Dear Families of OKC,Cynics, of course, will say that the public sniping got to him, but I take Kemp at his word when he says he always planned to do more.
On Monday, out of concern and emotion I committed $1,000.00 for every home run I hit until the All-Star Break. It was a quick and small gesture in advance of what I knew would be my greater contribution through your rebuilding process. I am keeping my pledge and in addition, donating $250,000.00. May God bless you through this and the many generous donations coming to your aid.
-Matt Kemp #PrayforOklahoma"
Now we can move on to the next contrived outrage.
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