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Son of Former NBA Star Isiah Thomas Reveals He Was Raped…Twice

When you think of someone who is the child of a rich and famous celebrity or athlete, you picture them growing up surrounded by luxury.

Even though much of that tends to be true, it doesn’t necessarily shield them from experiencing the types of trauma so many people have been put through.

Zeke Thomas (born Josh) is the son of NBA legend Isiah Thomas. If you’re not a sports fan, here’s some context on why Thomas’ father is a big deal. The elder Thomas, a Hall of Famer, was the star point guard of the Detroit Pistons from 1981 to 1994. He’s a 12-time All-Star and went up against the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kareem Adbul-Jabbar during the playoffs and finals. Currently, he’s part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

Now, back to Zeke. Zeke is a 28-year-old musician and deejay currently living in New York City. In a revealing interview with New York Magazine‘s The Cut, he opens up for the first time about being sexually assaulted.

Last year, while living in Chicago, he was raped in his apartment by a man he met on Grindr.

Zeke recalls how they met and started hanging out, saying, “We had chatted on Grindr, and I had invited him to come by my studio since he was a singer. Nothing against Grindr. I’ve met great people on Grindr, I’ve had sex with great people on Grindr. I can’t blame an app. But you don’t know shit about people you meet on it. 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 Boys Town,” the gayborhood in Chicago, “for a drink.”

Because a deejay, Zeke was familiar with the area because he had gigs there and knew the bartenders.

““All I remember is … getting in the cab,” said Zeke. “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.”

He described the next morning, saying, “It was literally like with Bill Cosby. When those women were like: ‘I woke up and he was fixing me breakfast or whatever.’ I woke up and he was handing me a glass of water and saying, ‘That was great let’s hang out again.’”

Zeke goes on to say of his horrific experience, “My ass was destroyed. Destroyed. I’m bleeding. 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.”

“I started getting into drugs and I started telling people when I was high. But they’re high too. They don’t want to talk about this shit.”

His attempt to find the guy on Grindr was a dead end because the guy had either blocked him or left the app altogether. In the aftermath, Zeke didn’t tell anyone about what happened to him, but took to drugs and only told people when he was high.

“I started getting into drugs and I started telling people when I was high. But they’re high too. They don’t want to talk about this shit.”

Being high is what led Zeke to telling his parents. While high on mushrooms, he told them what happened and they flew him back to New York where they took him to the doctor and into therapy.

Over the years, Zeke has learned to deal with what’s happened to him by putting it in his music. Unfortunately, last year’s rape wasn’t the first time Zeke was sexually assaulted.

Zeke grew up running track and playing basketball. During the summer when he was 12, an incident happened in the back of a van on the way back from a tournament. A “dick showing” contest became an assault.

“All of a sudden my head was being jammed down,” said Zeke. The boys were jamming his head onto the other boys’ penises.

“I don’t want to criminalize or demonize the perpetrators … But it wasn’t something I wanted in the moment.”

Shortly after that, Zeke’s family moved to Indiana for his father’s coaching job with the Pacers.

“You look at my dad and Magic [Johnson, whose son EJ is also gay]. You have strong black men, whose sons are gay and are also strong black men, who are living their truth and expressing their truth. I want every young black, brown, white gay kid to know that we’re going to breathe. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to keep marching.”

Zeke is now the first male ambassador for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. His father always told him to honor the family name with whatever he chose to do in life.

“You look at my dad and Magic [Johnson, whose son EJ is also gay]. You have strong black men, whose sons are gay and are also strong black men, who are living their truth and expressing their truth. I want every young black, brown, white gay kid to know that we’re going to breathe. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to keep marching.”

By telling his story, Zeke has definitely inspired others to share theirs as well and know they are not alone.

Photo Credit: Getty/Michael Loccisano