Thanks, Obama. No, really – thanks! Demaryius Thomas is forever grateful to President Barack Obama. After getting Demaryius’s mother released from jail, Barack just went back-to-back, freeing the Denver Broncos star’s grandmother from prison as well!
Ahead of his 55th birthday, Barack Obama gave Demaryius Thomas, 28, the greatest gift of all – a chance to reunite with his grandmother. Minnie Pearl Thomas, 60, was one of the 214 inmates whose sentences Barack commuted on Aug. 3, according to the New York Daily News. Demaryius’s grandmother was serving a life sentence for “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base” and has been in prison for 16 years. Thanks to the president’s actions, she’ll be released on Dec. 1, just in time for Christmas!
“I’m happy for her,” Demaryius said to reporters in Denver when he heard the news. “That was something that she learned a lesson from. Now she gets another chance.” The Super Bowl champion also tweeted his gratitude to Barack, saying he was thankful that “a lot more families [have been given a] second chance.”
Wanna Thank the @POTUS for everything he's done for my family, and a lot more families giving them second chances. Couldn't be a better day!
— Demaryius Thomas (@DemaryiusT) August 3, 2016
Barack’s early birthday present to over 200 families wasn’t just because he was feeling generous. He saw it as a step for a greater change. “These acts of clemency are important steps for families…and steer our country in a better direction, but they alone won’t fix our criminal justice system,” he said in a Aug. 3 Facebook post. “We need Congress to pass meaningful federal sentencing reform that will allow us to more effectively use taxpayer dollars to protect the public.”
This isn’t the only time Barack has helped Demaryius out. He commuted the sentence of his mother, Katina Smith, in 2015. Since both Demaryius’s mother and grandmother were arrested at the same time, neither got to see him grow up to be one of the biggest stars in the NFL.
That changed in Jan. 2016. After 15 years behind bars, Katina finally got to see her son play pro-football, cheering him on as the Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on their way to a Super Bowl 50 win. It’s safe to say that while the Super Bowl victory was sweet, having both his mother and grandmother home for Christmas is much more important to Demaryius.
What do you think about Barack Obama commuting Demaryius Thomas’s grandmother’s sentence, HollywoodLifers? Doesn’t it just bring a tear to your eye?