Matt Kemp Ups His Donation To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

5/22/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 18, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) bats in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsLet me start this off by saying that any relief that the victims of the Oklahoma tornado can get is amazing. Now, onto Mr. Wonderful.

Matt Kemp is typically beyond generous to fans and just people in general, but oddly enough, when this disaster struck his home state, he wasn't as kind.

He tweeted out that he'd donate $1,000 for every home run he scored, which so far this season would be $2,000. Even if he just gave $1,000 for every run, that would still only be $21,000 out of $20,000,000.

Since he obviously got some heat, Kemp released a statement saying:

"Dear Families of OKC,
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."

That's much better, but he has to feel a little silly still knowing that Kevin Durant who made $3,000,000 less than Kemp this year donated $750,000 more than him.

All this said, anyone who helps out during this time is fantastic, and Kemp has been charitable in the past.

Maybe people in his high-profile position don't need to shout it to the world when they are doing something to help others, or just say that they are giving but not say how much.

This would avoid all criticism surrounding a wonderful act in the future.

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