Demaryius Thomas’ Mother One of 46 Non-Violent Drug Offenders Pardoned by President Obama
On Monday, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 46 non-violent, low-level drug offenders who had received harsher punishments than they would have received today under current federal laws.
As it turns out, two of those 46 people being given a second chance are very special to Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. One of them is his mother, Katrina Smith. The other is his grandmother, Minnie Thomas.
Smith and Thomas were arrested for crack distribution in 1999, when Demaryius Thomas was just 11 years old. The former was eventually sentenced to 20 years. The latter was sentenced to life. Thomas went to live with his aunt and uncle, going on to play football at Georgia Tech and, of course, the NFL, while his mother and grandmother wasted away in prison.
Needless to say, Demaryius was very happy to hear the news.
Hopefully that won’t happen to Katrina Smith and Minnie Thomas. Demaryius is currently in the midst of a prolonged contract dispute with the Broncos, who have placed their franchise tag on him. But eventually he’s going to be getting paid at least $13 million per season. So his mom and grandma won’t have to worry about finding jobs.
Hat Tip – [FTW]