A story close to the implausible came to light in the last hours: Charles Thomas, former Barcelona basketball player in the 70’s, reappeared after being presumed dead 40 years ago.
The American arrived at the Catalan club in 1970, after an outstanding stint at the Sant Josep de Badalona club, where he became the top scorer in the Spanish League in two consecutive seasons (1968-1969 and 1969-1970).
That imposing level that the pivot showed, made Barcelona look at him. Nevertheless, your performance did not live up to expectations. In 1974 he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and, later, coach Ranko Zeravic, unhappy with his behavior, he loaned it to the Manresa team.
Thomas left Spain in 1976 to return to his native country. According to Spanish media, once back in the United States, he separated from his wife and subsequently, he immersed himself in the world of drugs. From then on, in the decade of the ´80, His trail was lost and rumors began to speculate that he was dead.
However, a few days ago the incredible news was known that he was alive. That’s right, 40 years later the truth came out. Norman Carmichael, one of his former teammates in Barcelona, was in charge of giving the news that surprised the world. His former colleague told the RAC-1 network that He received a call from a woman who assured him that Thomas wanted to speak to him: “I don’t know who you are, but it’s a bad joke, Charles has been dead for years.”
“My first thought was that it was a hoax and that someone is looking for money from Charles’s friends. “SHowever, upon accessing the video call, his gaze was different: “But we talked and it seemed like he knew too many things to be an imposter. It’s incredible, from a movie ”, he counted.
Thomas had spent the past four years in a nursing home in Amarillo, Texas. “Drugs entered his life too regularly. I think it was a matter of drugs and lack of knowing how to earn a living outside of basketball “Carmichael commented.