I don't want to get all up in Nick Barnett's business. However, I am here to urge him to think independently before donating to charity.
For those of you living under a rock, Nick Barnett has agreed to donate $10,000 dollars to charity after racking up 10,000 followers on his Twitter account. Unfortunately, he has decided to let the public decide by running a small poll to determine where the money should be spent.
I think Nick's vision of involving the people is gracious and his donation even more noble than that. This being said, I would beg Nick to pull his poll down, go with what he feels is the best recipient of the funds, and play from his heart instead of off his fans.
Online polls can be abused. They can be abused both by multiple voters and by the heat of the moment.
Nick has a very questionable charity in Sophia's Heart leading the voting right now. It is an organization seeped in controversy, and labeled as a religious cult by many outsiders. Run by American Idol finalist Danny Gokey and his rabid fans, it hardly makes for a fair playing field. There are too many questions that remain unanswered.
I will not judge the worthiness of one charity over another; I will not say that any party is more deserved.
But, I will urge Mr. Barnett to give this gift of hope from the heart, and not from the hard drive.
Here is the poll. Please educate yourself before voting.
P.S. I apologize for the minimal posts lately. I stabbed my finger to the bone with a knife and am hoping to be fully recovered by training camp.