Following the heroic exploits of professional wrestler Shawn Daivari last week, the 28 year old former WWE and TNA star achieved instant hero status for helping his fellow citizens.

His act of bravery involved reacting to a threatening drunken man who started becoming abusive to commuters. Daivari, who is currently working on the Ring of Honour (ROH) independent wrestling circuit in the United States, stepped in and choked out the passenger with a submission hold as police were slow to respond to the situation.  

It is something you rarely see these days where well-known celebrity sportsmen come to the aid of members of the public. However, in sport a lot of fellow professional sportsmen do help their fellow people in other ways. Many help by supporting various charities and foundations. Daivari’s former employers World Wrestling Entertainment have helped with various charities like Make a Wish Foundation and have promoted cancer awareness month throughout the whole of October. 

…a case of being in the right place at the right time…

Individual sportsmen like Roger Federer, who started his own charity in 2003 called the Roger Federer Foundation, have contributed significant donations to charity. In 2005 to help the victims of hurricane Katrina he auctioned off his US Open championship winning racket. David Beckham has given a huge amount to charities over the years backing UNICEF and countless other foundations. His foundation with his wife Victoria known as the Victoria and David Beckham Children’s charity has reportedly raised £1million over the last seven years.

This type of a heroic action in the case of professional wrestler Daivari is something that does not come along that often and it was a case of being in the right place at the right time to be able to make a difference. But the question should be raised is giving vast amounts of money to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate enough from a sports personality?

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