A pair of New York Giants were in Binghamton yesterday and today trying to make a difference off the field.
Giants Safeties Michael Thomas and Antoine Bethea were at a community forum last night to discuss criminal justice reform.
The players listened to stories from community members that have been impacted by the system along with leaders of organizations such as Truth Pharm and Citizen Action to hear their thoughts on what needs to be changed.
After the forum, both Thomas and Bethea took away the need for programs that help prevent people at risk from making a mistake that will send them down the wrong path.
Michael Thomas New York Giants Safety says “It’s sad knowing that there are so many stories similar to the ones we’ve heard tonight. Just one person being affected in those ways, they made one mistake and now their life has changed for the worse. The trajectory of their life, especially if it happened when they were a youth is pretty much downhill from there.”
Thomas says while it’s important that they use their platforms as professional athletes to spark change, residents that want the same need to be active in their community and speak through their vote.
Both Thomas and Bethea have been nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award which recognizes NFL players for their contributions off the football field.