Two Redskins running backs gave 10-year-old Jaden Watts a memory
he’ll never forget on Tuesday.
As Scott Allen at the
Washington Post reports, the story began when running
backs Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley were at a shopping mall
just outside D.C., and spotted the young Watts browsing around a
GameStop and wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey.
The players complimented Watts on the jersey, and later overheard
the boy ask about the price of a new Xbox One, mentioning that he
was hoping to save up for one in the near future. The
players spoke, and later asked if they could buy the video game
system for him. Watts ran over to his grandmother Saundra, who
was getting her makeup done while Jaden browsed, and asked her to
come back with him to the store.
Jaden would later say, “She did not believe me. She thought
it was some person who was joking with me or something.”
Saundra, who works as an advocate for abused and
neglected children, was worried about something entirely
“The first thing I’m thinking is there’s some pedophile
trying to buy my grandson an Xbox,” she said. “So I’m like, I’m
going to bust up in there and bust his bubble.”
Instead, she was met by Marshall and Kelly. Marshall
explained who they were, asked “Is it okay if we buy your son an
Xbox?” and with approval, got him the system, along with a copy
of NBA 2K18, and told Jaden to stay true to himself.
While the players did not post about exchange, saying they
didn’t want the scene to look like a publicity stunt, but the
news got out after one Facebook user who oversaw the events
unfold wrote a post detailing
“That’s not what I did it for,” Kelley said. “It’s cool
that everyone knew it, but I’m not trying to promote it. Me and
Keith, we didn’t want to take a picture because we didn’t want to
make it seem like we’re trying to make it seem like that. We had
a conversation for a long time and talked to the GameStop people
for a minute. But we wanted to make it known that it was not a
You can watch Kelley detail the random act of kindness
a bit more below, courtesy of ESPN.
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