Denver Broncos’ wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, had high hopes for a big pay day as he approached free agency, but not for the selfish reasons you might think.
It was not about the big houses, the fancy cars, or the studded jewelry that often come with being a popular pro-athlete, but rather he wanted the money to help his mother get out of prison. When Smith was only 11 years old he witnessed police raid his Georgia home and arrest his mother, Katrina, on drug-trafficking charges, for which she has since been serving a 24-year prison sentence. She was scheduled to be released in 2017 until this miracle happened on Monday with the help of President Barack Obama.
As part of the Justice System’s clemency initiative, which was set in place to not only allow but to encourage inmates to petition to have their sentences reduced, President Barack Obama commuted 46 men and women, which included Katrina Thomas.
In a video posted to the official website of the White House, President Obama stated that these men and women’s punishments did not fit the crime they committed and had they been tried under today’s laws many of them would have already served their time.
He said, “I believe that at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve a second chance.”
Katrina will now be released from prison on November 10 and Thomas could not be more overjoyed. On monday he posted a smiling picture of his mother to his Facebook page with the caption “God is good.. Great news today, My Best lady come home November 10.. Godbless..”
With a much anticipated reunion with his mother, a renewed spirit, and a potentially large contract with the Denver Broncos, let’s see what beast steps on the field this upcoming NFL season.