‘This is so Durant’
NBA wunderkind or not, $1 million is a lot of cash. Durant earned approximately $17.5 million playing for the Thunder this past season (not including endorsements and the like), so his donation accounts for more than five percent of his principle salary. The Oklahoma City Thunder have matched Durant’s donation and have also pledged $1 million to the Red Cross “to aid with disaster relief,” according to Young.
Few people are prepared to devote five percent of their income to charity. Some just aren’t in a position to do so. But Durant is, and so he did. His contribution, however, is hardly surprising. Most would have been shocked if he didn’t pledge a lump sum to the cause, because this is so Durant.
‘Making a difference’
The unsuccessful attempt at anonymity is also vintage Durant. He didn’t publicize his donation or release a statement. He just opened his wallet to the city he represents and the family he loves in hopes of making a difference.
Durant could have stopped at tweeting his support. Urging others to dole out their hard-earned money could have been considered enough. For Durant, it wasn’t. He put his money where his Twitter handle was. He implored everyone to pitch in $10 and then ponied up $1 million of his own.
Do you admire Kevin Durant for his big heart and generosity for the Oklahoma tornado victims? Would you be able to do the same, too?
Source: Dan Favale, Bleacher Report