Meet ‘Fats’ Thomas: Josh Gordon’s criminal friend


Once again, the name of Patrick “Fats” Thomas has come up in connection to an athlete’s troubles with the law.

‘Fats’ was the man that posted the $500 bail for Browns receiver Josh Gordon when he was arrested for DWI over the July 4th weekend.

Thomas was linked to two rental cars driven by former UNC basketball star P.J. Hairston when Hairston was pulled over in June 2013. According to WNCN in Raleigh, ‘Thomas rented out a vehicle to Hairston, who was arrested in Durham along with Elizabeth City State basketball player Miykael Faulcon and former college basketball player Carlos Sanford. All three were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.’

Thomas plead guilty in November to charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Associated Press, and was sentenced to 36 months probation.

Thomas calls himself a party promoter and officer manager at a dental practice. When asked how he knew so many UNC athletes, Thomas told the News & Observer in Raleigh: “We throw parties, for Christ’s sake.” (via

Fats’ rap sheet includes:

  • Charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing stolen goods in 2002.
  • In late 2005, he was charged with obtaining property or services from slot machines, etc., by false coins or tokens.
  • In December 2005, he was charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia and accessing computers to defraud.
  • Charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, drug possession and possession/use of drug paraphernalia in 2012.

File under: “The company you keep”

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