Zeke Thomas, son of NBA star Isiah Thomas, has revealed he has been raped twice.
He was 12 the first time it occurred, whereas the second time was last year with someone he met on Grindr. He spoke about both experiences in an interview with Good Morning America.
“At first I didn’t realize what had happened, what had transpired. I knew that it was wrong, I knew that I did not want it,” he said. “I did not seek it out. I hadn’t let my family know until much later that this had happened. It was definitely hard for them to hear, and even more hard for them to hear that it happened again.”
Thomas didn’t press charges in either case, explaining that he “wasn’t ready” and did not want to be thought of as a “victim.” But he shared that if he could go back in time, he would report the assaults.
“We had chatted on Grindr, and I had invited him to come by my studio since he was a singer,” he said. “He seemed like a great guy. We hung out at the recording studio. And then a couple of days later he said, let’s go to Boystown for a drink.”
The two met up in the Chicago neighborhood, where Thomas soon felt something was off. But it was too late.
“All I remember is… getting in the cab. I know that I got drugged. I knew probably the moment that it happened because something didn’t taste right. But I didn’t think about it. I just didn’t think about it.”
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“It was literally like with Bill Cosby. When those women were like: ’I woke up and he was fixing me breakfast or whatever,’” he said. “I woke up and he was handing me a glass of water and saying, ‘That was great let’s hang out again.’”
“I’m bleeding,” Thomas explained. “And I’m just like — terrified. I can’t move. I didn’t move from my apartment for two days. I didn’t move. I didn’t talk to anybody. I froze.”
He is speaking out now to “give the voiceless a voice”. He’ll be continuing this work in his new role as an ambassador for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Watch his PSA for the organization below.