Teen befriended by Matt Kemp passes away

So sad. But I am glad that there are good athletes out there that know they have a huge platform to do good in this world.

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Sad news to pass along courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Sports. Joshua Jones, the young fan who was be befriended by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp earlier this year, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was just 19 years old.

It was hard not to be touched when Kemp gave Jones his jersey, hat and cleats following a game in San Francisco on May 5. Video of the good deed quickly went viral.

Kemp’s relationship with Jones didn’t end there. Later that month, he flew Jones and his family from Oakland to see a Dodgers game in Los Angeles, during which he had the opportunity to meet other stars, including Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.

Laelah Quintor, Jones’ aunt on his mother’s side, told Yahoo! Sports that the generosity from Kemp and others gave the teen “hope again.”

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Did Jay Bilas single-handedly change the NCAA’s approach to merchandising?

This comes only a couple days after Jay Bilas decided to show the NCAA’s hypocrisy. Did Bilas’ public tweetfest become that final straw in this whole NCAA mess?

It’s very shocking that the NCAA would hold on for so long with all the controversy that has stemmed over the years.

This is a step in the right direction but it still doesn’t solve the issue of the NCAA using these student-athletes for their own profit and the athletes themselves don’t receive a fair compensation.

But I guess baby steps right now is the best. I hope they get it right down the line.