Former NBA player, speaker Etan Thomas made an unknown woman famous for not allowing him to sit near her on an empty train seat.
Thomas, who is also a motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist, elaborated on Facebook where he published the story.
“…so I’m getting on the train and there are no open seats and I ask this lady if I could sit next to her (very politely and I soften my voice as to not frighten her) and she says someone is sitting here. So I go to the next seat. Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff,” Thomas wrote.
“So I have to say something so I ask ummmmm did you just not want ME to sit next to you ? Were you scared ? Not comfortable with a Black Man sitting next to you ?”
The woman replied that it had nothing to do with race, claiming she dated a black guy in college.
“So the guy (who was a nice guy) said listen I’ll get up and I said no need I’mma just take this pic and make a Facebook post about it. So then she says did you just take a pic of me ? Well I’m going to tell the conductor that you’re over here illegally taking pics of [people] without their consent,” Thomas continued.
“So the conductor came up and said hey Etan Thomas love what you’re doing in the community loved you with the Wizards, big [Syracuse] fan, man the Knicks sure could use you …. And I said was there something you wanted to tell my man? And she rolled her eyes smh some ppl I tell ya.”
Thomas retired from the NBA in 2011 after spending the bulk of his career playing for the Washington Wizards. He has been outspoken about many social causes and world events, including Hurricane Katrina and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thomas played in 409 NBA games (74 started), averaging 5.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 17.3 minutes on the court. Most of his career he played for the Washington Wizards, and spent his last seasons with Oklahoma and Atlanta.Follow @exnbadotcom
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