Former Washington Wizards player Etan Thomas turned to his Facebook faithful
when he was left stunned by something that happened to him on a train this week. As Thomas explained in a post on his personal page, he asked a woman politely if he could sit in the empty seat next to her, and she said no. But moments later, he writes, she answered yes to the same question-- when asked by another man who happened to be white.
Thomas posted a photo of the woman and explained his story on May 20
, when he says he got on a packed train and asked the woman if anyone was sitting in the seat next to her. He writes that the woman told him someone was sitting there, but moments later, she was willing to move her things and allow another man to sit in the same spot.
"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."
The guy offered to get up, but Thomas had a different idea.
"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."
The conductor did come, as it turned out, but what happened next wasn't quite what the woman was expecting.
"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."
The photo has been shared over 30,000 times on Facebook.