Myles Turner is known for his monster releases on the edge, but now the Pacers center gives a big help to those in need.
Turner took a trolling message from an angry fan and turned it into a fundraiser for Texas residents who have been hit hard by the harsh winter weather and power outages. It all started after the Pacers lost in overtime on Monday night against the Bulls. A fan sent Turner a request for $ 100 Venmo multiple times because Turner had what the fan considered to be below average performance.
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“I’ve never seen anyone have the audacity to talk about mess through Venmo, like a financial app,” Turner told reporters on Saturday. “So that was ridiculous for me. It was hilarious.
After ignoring the first two requests, Turner finally responded to the fan by sending him a dime. The caption with the payment read, “Here’s a penny for your thoughts.”
It was just a little online fun on Turner’s mind, but suddenly he started getting one and two penny payments through Venmo with phrases like “a dime for your thoughts” and “here are my two. cents “. The total amount eclipsed $ 200 in just a few hours.
“It’s a lot of pennies,” Turner said. “I was like, ‘That’s a lot of people coming right behind that.'”
In a follow-up tweet, Turner, a Texas native who played at the University of Texas for a season before heading to the NBA, said he would match Venmo’s response and give all the money to families facing it. under difficult conditions.
“It just hit me because they were my people,” Turner said. “These are people who go through a lot. I spent a lot of time in San Antonio. I obviously went to the University of Texas at Austin. I have a lot of family in Houston, so I know people are going through a lot of things, and I was going to do whatever I could to help. “
Bro s / o to all my fans you are all the best for the rest of the weekend. I will match all of your Venmo answers and donate to families in need in Texas during this difficult time! I’m already at $ 250! From all of you “2 Cents” ? let’s go! pic.twitter.com/23lQS4Q8Fi
– Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) February 19, 2021
As of Saturday afternoon, Turner said, donations had reached $ 12,235. He plans to let the fundraising continue until Monday. He has not yet decided where he will send the funds, but he will ensure that the money “is used for good”.
For anyone interested in contributing, Turner’s Venmo username is @Original_Turner.