NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Caught Directing Traffic!

Reblogger Michelle Gibson
Real Estate Agent with Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.

Some how I missed this story, which took place right here in Florida and I'm so glad that Kathy Streib, a local home stager, shared it.

Original content by Kathy Streib

direct trafficNBA Star and Champion Alonzo Mourning was caught directing traffic in Miami on Friday.  No, the economy may be tight but the former Miami Heat Center does not have a new career!  He was doing something that I wonder if any of us would do.... performing a random act of kindness.

This past Friday, Mourning was stopped on a busy street at the traffic light when he noticed a disabled man in a motorized wheelchair waiting to cross the street.  Mourning got out of his car and with long arms outstretched, he stopped traffic so that the man could cross.  After he made it to the median, Mourning then stopped traffic on the south bound side so that the gentleman could continue.  Mourning then got back in his car and drove off.

Nice, I thought.... too bad more people don't do this.

I was relating this story to my husband on the way to our morning walk, when I looked up and just ahead at the corner a young mancar stalled had gotten off his motorcycle and was walking up to a car.  Then I noticed that the car at the light was stalled and this young man on the motorcycle had stopped to take the time to perform a random act of kindness... he was helping to push the car through the light and off to safety.  Two others stopped as well to help this stranded motorist.  

Now I'm sure there are a cynic or three out there who would say Mourning did it for publicity or someone might say stopping traffic was more dangerous for everyone.  But I like to see the glass half full and think ... no... someone just did something nice for his fellow man.

What does it say about our society when a simple random act of kindness elicits such amazement;  when it should be the other way around... being appalled when someone fails to respond in this manner.

What would you have done?  Would you have stopped to render aid?  Or would you have driven by, shaking your head saying "gee, that's too bad for that man."




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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I have to agree and assume that both were acts of kindness.  I have helped push a car out of traffic before and have been helped in that situation.  I think there are more good people in the world than bad, it's just that the bad get all or most of the attention.

Mar 28, 2011 11:40 AM #1
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Great story passed on here, Michelle.  And how would Mourning know that anyone would take the time to report this?  Sounds like a stretch on the "trying to get good PR" theory.  Sounds like two very nice people doing something nice for another.  And that's my story and I'm sticking to it ...


Mar 28, 2011 12:43 PM #2
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That IS a great story, Michelle.  You are right.  This should be the norem, not the exception.

Mar 28, 2011 02:48 PM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I will admit that I do not stop as often as I used to. I attribute my slow down to age and to the fear of possible harm. It just seems to be a more dangerious place out there and I also think about my safety being important to my family where in the past no one else was counting on me coming home alive.

Mar 28, 2011 02:55 PM #4
Kevin Nash
Shorewest Realtors, Metro Milwaukee - Germantown, WI

Hey Michelle, Thanks for the up lift. We need more positive stories. There is too much stuff going in our state (I'm sure you have heard) that this is a nice get away from that.

Mar 29, 2011 01:39 AM #5
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Cool story. He never struck me as someone who was not kind, but sometimes people surprise you with their acts of kindness.

Mar 29, 2011 04:54 AM #6
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I saw this story and it really shows the character of someone that would be willing to do that for someone else. (His mom should be proud!)

Mar 29, 2011 06:35 PM #7
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