There was an item in the NY Post's Page Six which calls George Lopez a deadbeat for allegedly not making a $21,000 donation that he promised to Joe Torre's charity, the Safe At Home Foundation.
In the same piece, Lopez's spokeswoman says "George's understanding is that it was paid. George is not a deadbeat. George is very generous."
Now, nothing is easier than celebrity bashing. It's a fun thing to do, and often it is the right thing to do. But not in this case. Because if Lopez says its a misunderstanding, and he thought he had paid the charity, I have every reason to believe him. And it's not because I think he is funny (which I don't) or like his TV show (which I've never seen). I believe him because he did a very nice thing for a friend of mine.
Here's a story:
Baldman has a friend that worked in the financial services industry for many years. Like so many others, she was laid off. One day, she went to a job fair. CNN was reporting from the job fair, and featured her story & ongoing job search. Here is where George Lopez comes into the picture. Lopez just happened to be watching CNN and saw my friend's story. Lopez immediately contacted CNN and asked for my friend's phone number. The next thing you know, my friend's phone rings, and it's Lopez on the line. He was very kind & encouraging. And he wanted to help my friend while she was going through some tough times. And he did help. As soon as he got off the phone, he sent her a very generous check.
This was never in a newspaper, nor did Lopez publicize his generosity. He did a very nice thing, and kept it to himself.
So that's the kind of guy he is.
So if he says he thought that he already paid the donation to Joe Torre's charity, I don't doubt the man for a second.
Cause I know he's a good dude.