BALTIMORE -- Denver Nuggets star and Baltimore native
Carmelo Anthony, criticized for his appearance in a street video
that warned viewers to "stop snitching," is giving $1.5 million
to a youth center in his hometown.
The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, which offers
after-school education and recreation programs to about 200
school-age children, will operate under a $1.5 million, five-year
grant from Anthony.
In 2004, Anthony appeared in an underground Baltimore DVD that
warned people they could be killed for cooperating with police.
Anthony has said he was not aware of the DVD's message. Police have
complained such intimidation hinders criminal investigations.
Anthony donated the money to the Baltimore-based Living
Classrooms Foundation. The foundation was asked by a neighborhood
association, The Pleasant View Gardens Tenant Council, to manage
the site that was formerly operated by the Boys and Girls Club of
Central Maryland, and serves six public housing communities.
Anthony's attorney, Richard Schreibstein of Columbia, Md., said
the donation was in the works before the DVD was made. "This is
not a reaction to that unfortunate incident," he said.
The foundation is also working with The Annie E. Casey
Foundation, the city and others to streamline and expand services
for youth and families in East Baltimore.