Saints’ Michael Thomas went passed words this week and donated money to help New Orleans residents help pay off medical debts.
We all know Michael Thomas as the New Orleans Saints superstar receiver. After a historic season last year, it is hard to hear the name Michael Thomas and not know who you are talking about. He is a household name.
Thomas has not been a very outspoken player, although he has stayed active on Twitter. After just four years in the league, we have only heard Thomas be outspoken on a number of occasions and many of them have been recently in the past month or so.
Last week, his quarterback, Drew Brees, made some comments that he did not agree with. Brees stated that despite what was happening in the US, kneeling for the flag was still a disrespectful act to all those who fought for it.
Michael Thomas was one of the first Saints’ teammates that spoke out against Brees and his comments. Thomas said (in multiple tweets), “He don’t know no better . . . We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.”
Since the wrongful death of George Floyd, Michael Thomas has stood up for what he believes in, which is an impressive characteristic of the Saints’ superstar wide receiver.
However, it was time to do more. It was time to go beyond words. In America, every human has a voice, but few act on it. This week, Michael Thomas proved that he was not only willing to vocally support his beliefs, but he would physically do it as well.
Thomas donated $20,000 to the city of New Orleans healthcare system to help break down the roughly $2 million worth of medical debt in the inner city. The system does so through a nonprofit that purchases them for little of their actual cost and then forgives them.
Thomas proved he was willing to put his money where his mouth is and that is the mark of a true hero.