Since news of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings broke on Monday afternoon, a number of athletes have been doing what they can to pay tribute to the victims and help the healing process. New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who is much closer to the incident this year than he would have been a year ago, has vowed to help out in the form of donations.
Amendola, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Patriots last month, has already come up with a creative way to help the victims and their families. Early Tuesday morning, the 27-year old tweeted that he plans on donating money for every pass he catches and drops during the 2013 season.
I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.
Hopefully these gestures keep rolling in. We already saw Ben Revere pay tribute to the people of Boston with this message on his glove during Monday night’s game, and many others across sports did the same. Every bit of assistance is needed at a time such as this.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere had a very memorable night on Monday. For starters, he made one of the most spectacular catches we will see all season in the second inning of a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. As you can see from the video above, Revere went full extension on a line drive to center field to rob extra bases and double off a runner at first base. It was an incredible play, as the 24-year-old’s body was completely horizontal to the ground.
In addition to the catch, Revere also made a heartwarming gesture by paying tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing with a message on his glove. As I’m sure you have heard, tragic explosions left at least three people dead and more than 100 injured near the finish line of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday. Revere placed a pace of tape across the side of his glove with the words “pray for Boston” written across it.
A suspect believed to be involved in the bombings at the Boston Marathon is in custody, according to the New York Post.
The Post reports that the suspect is a Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in the blast, and that the person is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital.
Boston Police has said the report is not true and that they do not have a suspect in custody.
CBS News says Boston PD has surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to the scenes about 20 minutes before the explosions.
Boston PD confirmed that two explosions took place at about 2:50 p.m. ET about 50-100 yards apart causing multiple deaths. They also say a third explosion occurred at the JFK Library, which is not near the finish line or marathon course.
Boston PD initially said they believed the third explosion was related to the marathon explosions, but they later said it was just a fire. The JFK Library tweeted that it was a fire that was put out and that all staff and visitors are safe.
Tragedy struck the Boston Marathon Monday when two explosions went off at 2:45 p.m. ET two hours after the first runners crossed the finish line.
Boston Police announced that at least 23 people were injured and at least two are dead from the explosions. The New York Post reports that 12 people have died as a result of the explosions. The explosions are believed to be bombs found in trash cans.
This was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, and it took place on Patriots’ Day, which is a Massachusetts holiday.