DeShawn Stevenson and Jason Taylor Go Shopping
The Jason Taylor Foundation's charity event at an Old Navy in Leesburg Monday night allowed one to make certain snap judgments about several dozen of this city's most famous sports personalities, assuming that one can learn anything from a $300-per-kid, $15,000 charity shopping spree.
Like, take a look at who brought whom as their guest. Skins D-lineman Kedric Golston brought his nine-month old son; he kept kissing him when he thought no one was looking.
DeShawn Stevenson, on the other hand, brought his friend and personal assistant Richard Millsap, the co-star of DeShawn's recent Internet lip-sync sensation, who was wearing one of the "2Family" shirts that DeShawn hopes to bring to the market in the near future.
But that's not to say that DeShawn wasn't paying tribute to his son, London, who was born in the offseason. He was sporting a brand new tattoo of the
London Tower Bridge, running across his abdomen, that he got just last week in honor of London. It's probably the best and most detailed tattoo of a bridge I've ever seen.
Or take a look at how the athletes entered. D.C. United's Clyde Simms and the Caps' Shaone Morrisonn both came through the front door, plenty early. But Jason Taylor--the main attraction--arrived
about 30 minutes late moments before the shopping was scheduled to commence, and entered through a back door while the DJ shouted "Jason Taylor is officially in the building!!!!" Then Taylor thanked "all the celebrities in the back," which included about 50 percent of his new teammates, who were noshing on platters of fast food in some sort of break room while we all waited for Taylor to arrive.
Or take a look at how the athletes helped their designated kids shop. London Fletcher was polite but befuddled; "I'm just here to hold the bag," he said, until the girl he was "helping" asked for assistance picking out a top to match a $10 pair of bright blue pants. Fletcher--always prepared on and off the field--wasn't willing to freelance. "Excuse me," he asked a Wizards dance team member while holding up the pants, "what shirt would go with that?"
Demetric Evans, on the other hand, charged ahead without any color-coordinated hesitation. "I don't know what I'm doing," he said, adding that his client would "be the flyest girl in school, though. I guarantee that. She's gonna be best-dressed, put that down."
Todd Yoder tried to anticipate fashion trends--"I think the brightly colored t-shirts are back, so that's what we're going for," he said--while Stevenson didn't have to guess: "polos, nice fitted shirts," he said. Since DeShawn also noted that he had just spent five figures on a new wardrobe for this season, I trust him.
Similarly, Carlos Rogers--wearing a glittering cross around his neck that likely could have bought about 486 pairs of bright blue Old Navy girls' pants--was in his element, showing the sort of enthusiasm at the racks that you might expect more from Stacy London than an NFL corner.
"I ain't had no problem," he said while waiting with his female shopping partner in the check-out lane. "You know, I've got style. I know how to shop." Well, sure, but I figured he didn't have too much experience in the women's section. "I know what I like to look at, though," he said.
And as for Taylor? "I don't go shopping," he said. "My wife does all that." And his knee?
"I wouldn't want to play today," the injured star said, "but I darn sure can shop."
(Also in attendance: Andrew Crummey, Marcus Washington, Chris Wilson, Stephon Heyer, Reed Doughty, Durant Brooks, Rob Jackson, Fred Davis, Rocky McIntosh, Malcolm Kelly, Kareem Moore, Horace Gant, Cornelius Griffin, Santana Moss, three Junkies, Lindsay Czarniak, about 20 cheerleaders from the Wizards and Redskins, and Big Tigger, who merited a special hug from Taylor.)
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