We see the tape of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips cursing out a reporter, read the stories about the allegations against former Patriots receiver Aaron Hernandez, and hear reports about sprinters getting banned for doping and we can’t help but think:
What in the hell is wrong with athletes today?
And then we see stories like this about the players on the William Paterson University football team and realize that not all athletes live a doped up thug life.
Here’s what happened. The four players — Thomas James, Kell’E Gallimore, Jelani Bruce and Anthony Biondi — walked in a store in Wayne University. The store was empty, and they assumed the clerk was out on a break.
But the store was actually closed, and the players were able to walk in because of a faulty lock. And instead of walking out the store with the items, the players actually walked to the register and left money on the counter for their purchase of batteries and sunglasses.
The players had no idea that police had been alerted after the security alarm at the store sounded. When the owners of Buddy’s Small Lots saw nothing damaged or missing they looked at the tape, saw the good deeds of the four men, and called a television station in an attempt to find them.
Their reward: Each got a $50 shopping spree at the store (hopefully the NCAA won’t muck that up).
Our award: The affirmation that overall, many athletes are straight up good guys.