HOUSTON – New Texans safety Michael Thomas has been one of the more outspoken NFL players on issues of police brutality and social justice.
The Aldine Nimitz graduate is now back in his hometown and working on community change with Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills. The two previously played together for the Miami Dolphins.
Here are 3 major takeaways from Thomas’ discussion on social justice actions in sports via Zoom Saturday:
Thomas said he and his teammates want to find ways that they can come together as a team, use their voices and platform to create real change in Houston.
“I think we got everybody on the same page and everybody’s supporting one another,” he said. “It’s a great thing, especially with what’s going on in this country.”
Thomas said the team discussed the attainable goals they should set, such as lending their platform to grassroots organizations locally or nationally. The Texans also proposed supporting legislative action on the state or federal level, such as the George Floyd Bill, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
“Those are some things that we can pass that can create real change because that’s the type of accountability we’re looking for: to change the laws of qualified immunity,” Thomas said.