“Because I know the implications of it, have dealt with it personally, it has to be something that you’re willing to deal with,” Thomas says. “It has to be something that you’re saying, ‘OK, I have all this in front of me, something I’ve probably been working for since I was a kid and I first had that dream of playing in the NFL, is this that important to me where I’m willing to risk it and lose everything?’ It sucks that me speaking out for things that are important to me, especially in my community that I represent, I would have to even make that choice. But it is what it is. You know what I’m saying? That’s where we are in 2019.