( 4UMF NEWS ) Bronco Thanks President Obama For Pardoning Mother:
Demaryius Thomas came to the White House with a letter for President Obama.
The Denver Broncos wide receiver didn’t know when or how he would get the note to the president, but the opportunity did eventually present itself.
Last July, Obama pardoned the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders from federal prison, including Thomas’ mom, Katina Smith, who was sentenced to 20 years in 2000 for her involvement in a cocaine distribution operation. It was the largest number of sentences commuted by a president since the Lyndon Johnson administration of the 1960s. Once Smith was out of jail, she was able to see her son play football in person, including Super Bowl 50.
So when Thomas finally had a chance to meet the man who granted his mother’s release from prison, he had to tell him thank you.
And so he did. And what better time than on Monday during the Broncos’ Super Bowl celebratory visit?
“I talked to him for a quick second. I told him, “Thank you for helping my family,’ ” Thomas said. “We talked about my mother and we also talked about my grandmother.”
Thomas’ grandmother Minnie Pearl Thomas is currently serving two life sentences after she was convicted for drug trafficking in Georgia. Thomas said in order for her to also be pardoned, they have to fill out an application. She didn’t qualify in 2015.
Thomas said he actually had Broncos vice president of communications Patrick Smyth deliver the letter to Obama, so he didn’t get to see the president’s reaction, but he said the contents of it were telling him thank you and “a couple points my momma wanted me to say to him.”