BOSTON (CBS) — Jonny Gomes created a bit of a stir on Tuesday when he donned an American flag-themed jacket during the Red Sox’ trip to the White House and President Barack Obama. Some praised Gomes for the fantastic fashion choice, while others argued that Gomes made himself stand out too much in what was a team event.
Yet here’s a bit of news that everyone can get behind: Gomes will be auctioning off the jacket and donating the proceeds to charity.
According to TMZ, Gomes won’t be keeping the jacket, instead donating the money raised from it to a yet-to-be-determined charity.
“[The jacket] will either be donated or auctioned off to an organization of [Johnny’s] choice,” a Red Sox spokesperson told TMZ.
The report said Gomes paid $395 for the jacket.
Gomes told reporters that Obama complimented him on the jacket, and Gomes gave one to the president as a gift.
“[Obama] approved and made sure to tell me he liked it,” Gomes said. “He thanked me for his and the team signing it. He definitely approved. He looked me right in the eyes and said, ‘Nice jacket.’
“Not too much went into it. I’m just a patriotic person, whether it’s my outfit or what I stand for. I didn’t want to be too much of distraction and I hope it’s not. I’m just truly blessed for my freedom and what the flag stands for.”
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