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Matt Kemp, Chris Singleton pledge help to Oklahoma tornado victims

May 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Matt Kemp is an Oklahoma native, so the tragedy in Oklahoma City yesterday certainly hit home for him. He’s doing something about it:

So too is Chris Singleton:


I always kind of wish athletes would just donate stuff to worthy causes if they are inclined instead of tie it to performance or retweets or something. But ultimately all that matters is that they do what they can and that they use their fame to inspire others to do so as well.

  1. sfm073 - May 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Just donate 25k and get it over with. The redcross needs money now.

  2. jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It would be very douchey to just tweet “hey I’m gonna take $15,000 from my $10 mil bank account and give it to the Tornado victims.” I would call a stunt like that just paying $15,000 for publicity.

    I have absolutely no problem with guys tying donations to performance. It gives people something to get excited about, something to cheer for in such an awful time. It helps Kemp out in the court of public opinion (not that he needed any), but more importantly helps get the word out there that it’s time to start donating to help these people.

    • alligator8 - May 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      What?!? If anything, you’ve got it backwards, and this is making it about him. I know it’s a great gesture, and he’s NOT doing that, but I think the victims would gladly accept ANY money he chose to donate in a lump sum. I don’t see how his net worth has anything to do with it.

      • jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        I’m simply saying if he wants it known that he’s donating (obviously he does, as he posted it to his twitter feed), it is a lot less pompous than to say here’s 1/100th of my annual salary. It buys him fans and it DOES help. When this sort of thing happens, fans of Matt Kemp stand up and help as well. LA and OKC business men are going to jump on this and say, “you know what, I’ll match everything Kemp does for his Home Runs.” Publicity is a good thing here, I believe Kemp can help more by publicizing his donations than quietly donating and saying “prayers with OKC”.

  3. historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I’m willing to bet he’s already made a donation privately, but this way, it is clearly getting some “matching” funds as well. Feel free to join in HBT’ers — or donate to the Red Cross in your team’s name. That works too.

    • okcyankeefan - May 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      This is exactly the point. When Dave Robertson did something similar for his hometown in Alabama a couple of years ago, it kept that tragedy in the public’s mind for an entire baseball season, as opposed to the short attention span that most people across the nation will maintain. I’m not sure anyone is in the position to judge Kemp’s motivation except Kemp. People here need assistance, and donations are always the most flexible way to do that.

    • indaburg - May 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      That’s my plan. I can’t give like Kemp–I wasn’t the Florida powerball winner–but these players bring publicity to donating and inspire others to do the same. I hope no one you know has been affected. The pictures and news make my heart ache.

      • historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Update: my friend’s dog is okay. People forget the animals, but they are often lost too. I understand 7 horses died in the tornado in Texas recently.

      • indaburg - May 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        That’s great news. You know I would not forget them. My shih-tzu, Sugar, is a Hurricane Katrina refugee. How else would I end up with a foofy ass dog like a shih-tzu? Spunky little thing. Love that dog. We never were able to locate her original owners, not for lack of trying.

        Besides the Humane Society, is there any local animal rescue group you recommend? The local groups can frequently activate faster but they lack resources.

      • historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        The local groups I’ve seen that usually handle things best besides the HS are hard to find b/c they are ad hoc and specialize in particular breeds.

      • indaburg - May 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Ok, Humane Society it is.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Beavis and Butthead had a shih-tzu. For different reasons, maybe.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Donating to the Humane Society will gear funds directly towards animal services.

        And folks should give blood, too.

      • yahmule - May 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        The Katrina situation was particularly terrible in the toll it took on animals. Sadly, some animal relief efforts kind of backfired, too. Rescued dogs were distributed to states in every direction, and many of them were infected with heartworm. This directly contributed to reported cases of the disease in states that were previously free from infection.

      • indaburg - May 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        A lot of things were messed up about the Katrina rescue effort, for people and animals alike. I can only hope the OK tornado situation will be handled better. It’s already a tragedy–hopefully, human error won’t worsen it.

  4. tellyspop - May 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I appreciate the effort of these union members of the players association. Where for art thou brother MLB? Where is Wall Street?
    As a former long time resident of the state, and present during the 1999 tornado, 1/2 miles from my house, face down with my son in the bathtub with motorcycle helmets on and a belt tied around us, the destruction was enormous The alley for tornado growth starts in Chickasaw, Newcastle, Moore and then into South Oklahoma City.
    I was a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in OKC. We took in a very large amount of donations that were applied to immediate relief. No large salaries to pay or big buildings to pay for.
    The two current Oklahoma senators, Tom Coburn, and Jim Inhofe are will willing to take aid only if other cuts will offset the cost. Just so you know.
    If you wish to donate, try a church or an organization that will put the money to immediate use. My heart goes out to my fellow Okies at this time. My tears roll down my cheeks at this writing for your children.

    • raysfan1 - May 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Chesapeake Energy, for one, has pledged $1,000,000. Other corporations are chipping in too.

  5. skids003 - May 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I think he means well, and he obviously gained me as a big fan after he gave his uniform to the kid in the wheelchair. He’s a stand up guy.

  6. Marty - May 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Even if he matches his career year the donation would be about 12K, which is 0.06% of his gross.

    I texted “REDCROSS” to 90999 twice giving $20, which is 0.02% of my gross.

    So, yeah, Matt’s definitely a big baller, 3X that of this work-a-day guy. The only way I’d shower respect on the guy for this is if he kept it private. In which case I’d never know, which is probably his (cheaply bought) reason for doing it in the first place.

  7. sisisisisisisi - May 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    What’s the chance of Kemp hitting more than 10 HRs by the All-Star break?

    I don’t think so.

    He’s making 20 mill this year and $5,000-$10,000 donation is just laughable.

    • Marty - May 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I agree. The donation is far from pointless. Lettin everybody k ow about it in a way that showers praise on him 5-10 more times is disgusting to me.

    • jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I certainly hope you’re planning to donate a greater percentage of your annual salary that he his if you’re going to call him out for it.

    • raysfan1 - May 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Any donation of any amount is both generous and appreciated. To denigrate someone else’s generosity is weak.

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    You mean like Kevin Durant pledging $1M?

    • jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Just saw that, awesome! Now id like to see him and russel Westbrook shoveling debris, they mere presence can help morale as much as their donations.

    • jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      And do you realize just how many bottles of water or soup kitchen style meals that $10,000 will buy for these newly homeless people? No one said he had to give any damn thing, so why does anyone care how he did it or how much he gave? Good for Matt kemp helping out without be asked.

      • jm91rs - May 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Obviously this was meant to go above. I’m all for anyone with the means to do so generating publicity and charity for this horrible natural disaster.

  9. Marty - May 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Tim Cook just announced he’ll personally donate 6 iPads to the school when they rebuild. When asked about the impact it will have, he responded “good for the iPad brand name. They will probably use them too, which is always a good thing.”

    • Marty - May 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Better yet, 1 iPad for every 1M sold. It’s all about the victims anyway.

  10. stlouis1baseball - May 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I think I better sign off for the day.
    With the crying about MLB wearing camo’s on Memorial Day and people busting Matt Kemps balls for donating money…I think I need to buy a few boxes of kleenex’s for my HBT friends.

    • historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM


  11. yousuxxors - May 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Kevin Durant donated a million so his team matched and he didn’t say anything on twitter about it, just prayers. anything helps and I’m not bashing Kemp but hr could of donated a million and like Durant got other rich people to help.

    • historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      So, if he didn’t announce it, how do you know about it — oh, because they did announce it. Is your beef just whether it was on twitter or not? Also, you have no idea if Kemp gave additional money to any organization or individuals privately as well. You just assume not. I hope he doesn’t bother to respond to critics about this.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        I hope he doesn’t bother with it either Philiac. People just wanna “RAGE.”

      • raysfan1 - May 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        It was the Red Cross and the Thunder that announced Durant’s donation, at the same time as the Thunder announced they would match it.

  12. sportsdrenched - May 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I think we’re breaking this down too much. Matt Kemp doesn’t have to do anything. But he’s doing something. He’s the one who has to look at himself in the mirror.

  13. yahmule - May 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The trolls taking crap about this guy would sooner throw their spare change in the gutter than hand it to some homeless person.

    People don’t realize there’s generally a burst of donations immediately after one of these tragedies, but the need doesn’t evaporate when the story is no longer in the current news cycle. This kind of thing can serve as a reminder that there are still people in desperate circumstances. As Historiophiliac said, it might encourage people to make “matching” donations.

    • Marty - May 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Not sure where you’re from, but the homeless population in SF almost makes you want to throw the money in the gutter.

      • yahmule - May 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        I’ve been to San Francisco. You’re likely to be solicited for money on every block if you’re walking downtown, sometimes quite rudely. When we were there last summer, one lady we encountered near the train station pointed out where to buy tickets and what train to catch to get us out to AT&T. She saved us a few minutes and we ended up getting seated just before the first pitch. She was very friendly and extremely appreciative when we gave her some money. You never know what circumstances put a person into that position, but I’m sure it can be pretty tough to get back on your feet when you hit rock bottom. Most people have a support system that would make it almost impossible for them to become homeless if they hit a stretch of real misfortune. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who lack that safety net.

  14. westcoastredbird - May 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Matt Kemp should donate $1000 for every at bat and $100,000 for every home run til the end of the year! Dude has 2 jacks so far and makes $20,000,000 per year. Yes that is a lot of zeros. It’s hard to dig deep in your wallet when you see a player from Moore with so little commitment! Check out Kevin Durant now that’s showing the love and commitment!

    • yahmule - May 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      “It’s hard to dig deep in your wallet when you see a player from Moore with so little commitment!”


    • historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Just because I can: Kemp is actually from Midwest City, which is NE of Moore. Toby Keith is from Moore. We shall see what he donates.

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