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Cowboys' Micah Parsons Sending Fans Money After Twitter Exchange over Gas Prices

Adam WellsJune 10, 2022

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 26: Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a sack during the second half against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Since no one else is trying to fix soaring gas prices across the country, Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons is taking matters into his own hands to help those in need.

The ordeal began on Thursday when Parsons tweeted about the average cost per gallon of gas being nearly $5 in the United States:

Micah Parsons @MicahhParsons11

Gas is 5 dollars!! Man I feel bad for kids in high school I used to charge my homies 5 dollars to take them home! Now the minimum for a ride home is at least a 20!

After a fan responded to his tweet about "not being rich having to deal with this," the Penn State alum agreed and urged fans to send him their Cash App info so he can help them out.

Micah Parsons @MicahhParsons11

You right drop your cash apps ! The people need gas!! <a href="https://t.co/7bPHJSsLCo">https://t.co/7bPHJSsLCo</a>

Micah Parsons @MicahhParsons11

They coming be patient πŸ™πŸ½ <a href="https://t.co/Wkz7Wz1ZJn">https://t.co/Wkz7Wz1ZJn</a> <a href="https://t.co/sh1WNBU7tC">pic.twitter.com/sh1WNBU7tC</a>

Parsons posted a video showing he had to pay $116.46 to fill his vehicle with gas. The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year is fortunate that he can afford to pay it without really having to think about it.

Per Spotrac, Parsons' contract paid him a $2.445 million signing bonus and a $660,000 base salary in 2021. He's set to earn $1.44 million in base salary this season, plus another $2.445 million from his signing bonus.

Parsons later posted a screenshot of some of the people he sent $25 to, noting there was more coming to others who sent him their info.

Per Chris Isidore of CNN.com, the average cost for a gallon of gas is up to $4.99, with California having the highest cost per gallon in the country at $6.42.

Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for the OPIS that tracks gas prices for AAA, told Isidore the national average could get up to $6 per gallon by the end of the summer.

"Anything goes from June 20 to Labor Day," Kloza said. β€œCome hell or high gas prices, people are going to take vacations."

One of the biggest reasons for rising gas prices is sanctions placed on Russian oil stemming from the country's invasion of Ukraine.

"The EU’s recent decision to ban oil tanker shipments from Russia has sent oil prices soaring on those global markets," Isidore wrote.

It's unclear at this point when prices might start to drop, but at least Parsons is willing to help out in a small way for those who need it.