Lou Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers are the darlings of the Internet this January—on and off the court. Sure, the Sixers hot start puts them atop the Atlantic Division early in the year, but an has earned Williams some additional chatter.
Since Williams told the Philadelphia Daily News a would-be robber bailed on a theft attempt Dec. 24, 2011, in Manayunk and was treated to McDonalds by Williams, the Internet has buzzed with opinions on the incident.
As Williams was never robbed, there's no official report in the 5th District's weekly incident report to Patch. Williams told the Daily News: "A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community. He's a Lou Williams fan, so he didn't rob me."
Across the region and country, hoops fans have weighed in on the episode. Here are some reactions.
"That, my friends, is the epitome of street cred. We will never be cool enough to not get robbed on Christmas Eve. And then he took him to McDonalds for a free meal on Christmas Eve? That's just living the Christmas spirit. As if we needed another reason to love Lou..."
"You’ve gotta admit, that’s one heck of a story. Just one more reason for NBA players to do charity work and give back to their community—people will think twice about robbing you on Christmas Eve. Well done, Lou Williams."
YardBarker.com—with Fox Sports:
"It’s one thing to be given an award or receive some sort of recognition by the NBA for your work in the community. It’s another for someone to refrain from taking your money because you’re a good guy. Three cheers for the holiday spirit."
"There’s no way I would have taken the guy to McDonald’s. I couldn’t forget the fact that the guy had just pulled a gun on me. While sitting there at the McDonald’s he might reconsider and decide to rob me again. He might decide to rob the McDonald’s...
"I don’t totally buy this story. Did Williams report the robbery attempt to the police? Are we supposed to see the robber as a good guy?"
To read the original report, visit the Sixerville blog from Bob Cooney.