Michael Thomas one of three players on Capitol Hill this spring

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Dolphins safety Michael Thomas has been willing to be political. Now he’s getting a look at the inner workings of politics.

Via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Thomas is working this spring as an intern in the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who is from his hometown of Houston.

He has found himself in the center of the storm as one of the players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and said this experience will hopefully give him some insight into a possible post-football career.

“I’m excited for this externship because it gives me the opportunity to connect with Congress to further engage our efforts to create real change in our communities,” Thomas said. “It’s not every day you get to learn from hands-on experience at this level of politics.

“I am afforded this opportunity, and I am here to learn as much as I can while representing those who may feel voiceless in our communities.”

Thomas is learning about Washington from the inside as part of an NFLPA program which places players alongside industries they may want to pursue after their playing careers. He’s one of three players shadowing members of Congress, along with Chargers offensive tackle Cole Toner (Sen. Todd Young) and Chiefs offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann (Rep. Robin Kelly).

15 responses to “Michael Thomas one of three players on Capitol Hill this spring

  1. Sheila Jackson Lee? LOL Yeah, not off to a good start. He couldn’t have picked a worse person to intern for. Shes a race hustler and isnt even very bright. She spends more time picking out her hats than thinking of anything intelligent to say

  2. lol shiela jackson lee.. you could start a quote train with her famous quotes

    “You know that I’m going to, first of all, denounce the utilization of this intrusion of Wikipedia, through the Russian intrusion. That’s what this is about.”

  3. Some of you want to knock negative opinions of Jackson Lee…..maybe you should google her first and read up on her and read some of her quotes first. You dont learn to enact change from someone like her. Thomas will more likely learn how to stoke more racial tension and create move division. Nothing good can come for him for interning under Lee. She’s a stupid, race hustler. That is just a fact.

  4. Congresswoman Lee recently asked the NASA head if the Martian Rover had come across the American flag planted by the astronauts who visited the Red Planet in the 60s and 70s. Brilliant.

  5. At least he trying to figure out how to make change from the inside instead of burning down private businesses and blocking traffic causing people to be late to work.

  6. Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.

    “I happen to represent Enron here in Houston. We have many good corporate citizens here in Houston. Enron happened to have been one.”

    “Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, north and south.”

    And finally this quate from the congresswoman with a net worth of 2.9 million dollars
    “As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain.”

    I guess Thomas wont be learning much from this nut.

  7. I actually applaud this. This is taking initiative in the community. On his own time.

    For those who have been against the kneeling during the National Anthem because “It’s not the message, it’s the platform”, this action is what has been argued for.

  8. Issues with the train wreck that is Lee, notwithstanding, why do people think that it’s government that will have a positive impact on communities? Almost everything government touches either falls apart or becomes corrupt.

    Positive changes at the local level begins with the individual, most crucially at home with parents making positive choices and influencing their children to make positive choices, and so on.

    People who sit around and wait for policies and pandering outsiders to make their lives better have already lost.

  9. spartanlegend says:

    The bozos who populate the PFT comments section will find a reason to be mad about this even though it has absolutely no effect on them

    We’re not mad about it, we’re laughing about it. Working for Lee would be like losing your manhood.

  10. I’m sorry but when people use terms like “race hustler” you don’t have to go far to assume they might be a racist. For one, you can’t hustle race or create a divide when a divide was created hundreds of years ago when people were enslaved, separated from their families, raped by slaveowners and brutally murdered. On top of that, African American’s then had to deal with Jim Crow Laws designed to cripple the infrastructure of the black community and inherently leave black people in the dust. Though it’s 2018 racism hasn’t vanished, the Ku Klux Klan is still alive and well, black men/women/children are still being brutally murdered by police officers and we still don’t have many minority owners in big business. So, yes of course Thomas is trying to make change and yes, Sheila Lee Jackson is somebody you’d like to learn from when learning how to make those changes. There’s millions of black kids all over the country who look up to him and need a fair shake at life. Kudos to you Michael.

  11. Great Michael Thomas should express his opinion as an American. However there are many ways to better target strong feelings against racism other than not standing for the National Anthem. If collusion exists it’s not with the current President of the United States. It’s with the owners of the NFL for not hiring Colin Kaepernick. Figure out how to better target the owners!

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