Tag:J.T. Thomas
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:07 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 10:52 am

Bears LB J.T. Thomas arrested on drug charge

Chicago LB J. Thomas has been charged with misdemeanor drug possession. (U.S. Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Before the start of his rookie season and while we were looking for stories to write during the lockout, Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas had a nice tale to tell when he took an eighth-grade girl suffering from spina bifida to her junior high prom.

Unfortunately for Thomas, he undid much of that goodwill early Monday morning when he was arrested and charged with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor. That’s the report from MetroNews out of West Virginia, which writes that Thomas was pulled over by police at 3:55 a.m. for going the wrong way on a one-way street and driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit.

When the officer asked to see his car registration, according to police, he pulled two plastic bags out of his glove compartment which contained a “leafy substance” that looked like marijuana.

According to the website, Thomas -- who dealt with a back injury after Chicago made him a sixth-round draft pick last year and missed the entire 2011 season -- was in Morgantown, W.V., for the weekend to raise money for the J.T. Thomas Foundation.

Despite his arrest, Thomas has been celebrated for his enthusiasm to work with the less fortunate (or take them out on a date).

“Maybe it's because my younger brother, Jared, he's dealing with autism,” Thomas told West Virginia Illustrated before he returned to Morgantown. “That's what kind of jump-started me when it comes to special needs and special needs children. Maybe it's that or maybe it's the fact that I was raised by my mom in a very loving family and we always gave back, so now this is just a threshold for people to help me continue to give back.

"We're a foundation that helps give to foundations, so I think it has the chance to be really big and touch as many lives as possible."

This is the second Bears player in the past two months to add a marijuana arrest to his record, but say this for Thomas: the other one was on a much grander scale.

Here's the statement released by the Bears: “We are aware of the arrest of J.T. Thomas in Morgantown, WV. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 5:51 pm

Bears' rook J.T. Thomas steps in as a prom date

Posted by Will Brinson

Generally, you wouldn't want to hear that an NFL player went out on date with an eighth-grader. But that's not the case with this story out of Morgantown, W.Va. That's where Bears rookie and former Mountaineer J.T. Thomas stepped in and took Joslyn Levell, who suffers from spina bifida, to her prom.

Thomas, whose autistic brother rides the same school bus as Levell, met her while dropping his brother off at the bus stop.

Turns out, Levell, who happens to be a big Bears fan, had been unable to secure a date for the prom and told the NFL player about it.

"I hugged her and signed a few things and we talked for awhile and she cried a bit," Thomas said. "I gave her a hug and told her everything would work itself out."

It sure did. Thomas' stepmom, Rochelle, checked with the school to see if it'd be all right for Thomas to escort Levell. Once they were clear, he asked her to the dance.

"I was nervous that by the time I reached out she might have had a date and would have to turn me down," he said.

Obviously she didn't, and they went to the dance together this past Friday, where Levell may or may not have emphasized her date's stature as an NFL player.

"The first thing one of the boys who was mean to me came up to me and said, 'I'm sorry I didn't believe you,' " Levell said. "It was soooo exciting. I'm just so excited to go to school and see what everyone has to say."

And the best part of all is that Thomas didn't do this to generate publicity.

"This was Joslyn's night," Thomas said. "It wasn't about me."

Certainly not, but in an offseason filled with stories that paint the NFL and its players in a negative light, it's refreshing to see a young player like Thomas pull off an incredibly selfless act.

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