Not in the Headlines: A Kind Act

Daily, the headlines are filled with negativity about movie stars, athletes, and other celebrities.

Including...

--Paris Hilton plead guilty

--Lindsay Lohan reportedly failed a drug screening

--Braylon Edwards, a NY Jets player, was arrested for DWI.

Many argue that these folks put themselves in the public eye and deserve any and all of the bad publicity.

If this is true, shouldn't the stars be loudly applauded for doing something that is good?

I guess not; since as a reader, I will likely have to sift through enumerable gossip and rumor articles on celebrities to find a handful of positive examples.

Good stories like this...

Vince Young is the quarterback for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

Last week, he played one of the worst games of his career. His coach benched him with lots of time left to play--deciding that Young's backup gave the team a better chance to rally and win.

On Tuesday, Vince Young missed a mandatory team practice as they prepare for their next game.

Was he arrested?  Did he oversleep?  Did he have to go to court?

No, no, and no.

Young's absence was excused because:
...Young was spending time with Steve McNair's sons.


Young has mentored McNair's sons since their father died...
Young took Tyler and Trent McNair to a "Dear Dads Breakfast," an event head coach Jeff Fisher gave him permission to attend several weeks ago.  
"He showed up, took them, brought them to school and was quite the hit,'' said Julie Dilworth, admissions director at St. Paul Christian Academy.
"He has been so good to those boys. He does a lot with them, great things. I love that it wasn't just words for him when he said he would help. He has stepped up and done it, and it is a blessing.''
Celebrity and athlete Vince Young missed a very important meeting at his workplace so that he could support two children ( whose dad was murdered ) by attending a "father and son/daughter" community event with them.

This is the type of positive news that I want to see in the headlines.

Why do I doubt that it will ever happen? 
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Have a great weekend everyone.

Note: I saw the article at the site Pro Football Talk.

37 comments:

ooglebloops said...

I agree- glamourizing the troubled- just makes these "idols" all the more of an icon to the young and impressionable. They are not good role models, nor, apparently did they themselves have good role models to emulate. The young stars who never get in trouble, rarely make the news. There needs to be more good news about everything - in the paper. Good news and good people doing good things - it's out there- wish it was publicized!!!

Matthew Rush said...

Wow great story. It's even better because Vince Young has had some questionable behavior in his own past. Sounds like he might be turning or corner ... or at least this is something that's important enough to him.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

What a great guy! Thanks for sharing it with us Slam! Happy Friday!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I have no clue who any of these people are, but I agree, more positive acts should be highlighted in the news. It sets a good example.

Though I have a feeling there's way more good acts than negative ones. And if it makes it to the news, then it comes off as publicity, especially if the individual has had some trouble in the past.

Maybe we should stop shiny the spotlight on the troubled individuals.

soccermom said...

What an awesome story. thank you for sharing it.

: )

Pia said...

i couldn't agree more. hope there will be more good and refreshing news to come on tv.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
We are bombarded with all the "sensationalistic" tripe because the media "believes" it's BETTER COPY (It does make them some money, too)...
I like to think it takes our ATTENTION AWAY from what it REALLY HAPPENING...and what we SHOULD be paying attention to.

Nice ploy, but I'd MUCH rather see & hear the truth and news about the GOOD people and GOOD things in life as well..because THAT never gets old.

Have yourself a great weekend.

Diane said...

I guess those good stories don't sell as many papers or ads..... sad.

Audrey Allure said...

It's true, they should post more positive things about celebrities & such. They could really set a good example.

Clara said...

I couldnt agree with you more, Slam. Its plain ridiculous this circus about celebrities (Paris, Lindsay and company). Worse thing is, they dont answer to justice like `normal` people do. Outrageous. They r walking bad trainwrecks.
Thanks for sharing Young`s great example!

Momma Fargo said...

Very good points. Bravo for people like Vince Young.

Entre Nous said...

What a great post.

Candice said...

That is a beautiful thing!! I wish we heard more about this type of thing. Another example: Eva Longoria. Her sister has Down Syndrome, so she started a charity to benefit children with special needs. I actually learned about this during NBC's nightly new segmant "Making a Difference" (love that segment). Anyway, I decided to become a fan of hers on facebook. I swear at least once a week there she is doing some charity outing. Who knew?

secret agent woman said...

I'd like to hear more news like that about non-celebrities, too.

Krista said...

Thank you for sharing this Feel Good story! He is a hero, and I would also like to see these things in the headlines. The good thing is that you know he's not doing it for the publicity, or else his 'people' would have called the media to let them know what was going on. :o)

wonderfulwandering said...

May be the fault lies with the media, who conveniently reports only drunk socialites and miss out on the good things celebrities do. Refreshing to read something positive.

Tamika: said...

It's true people feed on negativity. So sad:(

Thanks for spreading some good new.

Anonymous said...

good to see vy gettin some props

http://jodeeluna.com said...

I needed to read that post. Thank you for pointing out the positive. I often grow weary from the constant flow of negative "Star Media." What could happen if the mainstream media highlighted those kinds of good deeds worth repeating? Does only bad news sell?

ladyfi said...

I agree - we need more news about people doing kind things!

malone8 said...

There is an old saying: No news is good news

And that is why we don't see these stories in the news … ain't gonna happen.

G'day - Maxi

angelcel said...

Oddly enough we were having a not entirely dissimilar conversation this morning. We no longer seem to celebrate the doers, the givers, the achievers and the brave. Who gets the air time, the recognition and the awards? Celebrities ...but specifically celebrities and their floozies, philandering and bad behaviour. How refreshing to hear a story like this and what a good example to others.

Sister Copinherhair said...

That was nice to hear that about Vince Young. And that game wasn't his fault.

It was our tough Steelers' defense that made him look lousy. :)

Thank God for our defense...until we get our idiot quarterback back.

Kathy said...

I'm all for the good stories, too, Slamdunk. Let's hear it for some balance!

terri said...

I love these kinds of stories and wish the media would make more of them. I often feel very uninformed because I can't stand to read the newspaper or watch the news anymore.

Lt said...

Currently in Germany, I see Lindsay Lohan in the headlines. Can't read a word, but can't escape her face either. Thanks for sharing some good news.

Amy Sullivan said...

Ohhh, I liked this. It is so refreshing, and it makes me believe in good.

Just today I was thinking, if I hear one more thing about LL and her failed drug test, I'm going pull my hair out.

Thanks for taking the time, and focusing on the less heard, but more important news stories.

WomanHonorThyself said...

love the upbeat twist Slam~! Hope your'e havin an awesome weekend my friend!:)

Kristin said...

Standing O for that!

Dawn Simon said...

I agree. I'd love to read more positive stories, too. Vince Young sounds like a really good person.

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thanks for sharing this story. I wish we had a news channel/newspaper that was only the good news! And that there was a law against, especially celeberties making the headlines with how not to be a role model!

Theresa Milstein said...

That is good to know about Vince Young. I like when I see celebrities do "Read" or "Milk" posters that I see in schools. I know The Red Sox does a lot of outreach because of The Jimmy Fund, which helps childhood cancer at Beth Israel next door. But these types of activities don't get much publicity.

kathryn said...

I know...you're so spot-on with this.
What an inspirational story...that could uplift so many people in these troubling times...but they don't sell magazines or airtime.

It's gotta be bad, bad and more bad.
I have a lot of trouble watching "news" of any sort anymore...the teasers on the news are all this crappy, out-of-proportion bad behavior and the worst of human reactions.

I don't see it changing anytime soon.

Tara said...

It would be so nice to see more stories like this in the mainstream media!

carma said...

I'm glad you publicized this on your own. I'm not that familiar with football - but do know about Steve McNair. Such a tragedy and kudos to Vince Young for taking these kids under his wing.

Dan said...

Because the press seldom writes about the good news unless it is a small town paper - and then the bad news seldom appears. It seems that somewhere it was decided that bad news sold more ... and so we get to suffer. Reminds me of political attack ads.

aconnectiontomyheart said...

A very valid point, you bring up here! Great take on the issue, media is only interested in same old analysis of how many times Lindsay Lohan has been arrested or how many times Paris Hilton has pleaded guilty. They conveniently puts into the news, what they want us to read!
Thank you for your comments on my blog, and for leading me to yours! And I mean it as a compliment if I tell you that you are my undercover "Nancy Grace".. And I am fan of that girl :))
Rachana