Former NBA Player Etan Thomas Tells Story of Being Denied Seat While on Train

Katie Richcreek@BookstoreKatieFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10:  Etan Thomas attends a press conference after the NBA and NBA Player's Association met to negotiate the CBA at The Helmsley Hotel on November 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Deny Etan Thomas a seat next to you on a train and prepare to be the face of his next social media post.

The former NBA player, who spent much of his career with the Washington Wizards, shared a story about a woman who told Thomas the seat next to her on a full train was occupied before accepting another man's request for the seat just a few moments later.

After he took a photo of her to share on Facebook with the story, she threatened to tell the conductor—who, as it turns out, was a fan of Thomas.

Here is the full transcription of his Facebook post:

Ok so I'm getting on the train and there are no open seats and I ask this lady if I could sit next to her (very politely and I soften my voice as to not frighten her) and she says someone is sitting here. So I go to the next seat. Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff. So I have to say something so I ask ummmmm did you just not want ME to sit next to you ? Were you scared ? Not comfortable with a Black Man sitting next to you ? And she says lol smh don't pull the race card stuff with me I dated a Black guy in college. So the guy (who was a nice guy) said listen I'll get up and I said no need I'mma just take this pic and make a Facebook post about it. So then she says did you just take a pic of me ? Well I'm going to tell the conductor that you're over here illegally taking pics of ppl without their consent. So the conductor came up and said hey Etan Thomas love what you're doing in the community loved you with the Wizards big Cuse fan man the Knicks sure could use you .... And I said was there something you wanted to tell my man ? And she rolled her eyes smh some ppl I tell ya

[Etan Thomas, h/t Complex]