one good deed is great. Everyone enjoys a good heart felt story and is touched for that moment they read about it. Very few take up and say "ya know what? I'm going to spread that message from this day forward on how to be a good Samaritan!"
one bad media piece, TMZ, ESPN, TWITTER, haters, and the like weigh in and the story goes viral in an instant. Very few people, sit back and go "but he signed for an hour and a half after everyone else left the field at training camp!" they say "Did you see what Smitty did?!" and the gossip starts.
Here's an example...
Smitty has his little throw down on the field with Talib. Then the interview. Talk of the NFL! Front page of the nfl.com site. Big talking point all over ESPN, FOX Sports, NFLN...
Smitty piece airs about him donating his shoes after each game, AND to add to it, piece airs about Smitty washing feet for Samaritans Feet. MAYBE a mention in passing/going to commercial to finalize a small Panthers blurb on one of the above named sports stations.
The negative stories far and away over shadow the good. Business wise, that's bad. (Mkay?)
Now, Smitty being gone sucks. but its over now. he's on a new team. Moving on... was the OP's post needed? Not for a lot of people. But, seeing as there are still lil infighting posts within the fan base... It's obvious that some can't even take the idea of the OP's post in stride and be like "Hmmm could be".
Oh well... here's to the future, of Smitty's career, and the Panthers Franchise. I'm on board with both of them.