We now humbly offer congratulations to Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who this week earned the Player of the Year award by the Cleveland chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America, as well as national headlines related to environmental trouble up in his native Wisconsin.
"It's pretty humbling," Thomas said, specifically speaking to the former. "That's one award I never even thought I had a chance to win, so it's pretty special and definitely a little bit humbling."
Like many on the Browns' defense and few on the offense, Thomas has just been a beast this year.
The Wisconsin stuff, however, relates to a series of "interrelated" and unpermitted work projects Thomas began on his property up there. From the Washington Post
Among the violations cited is the discharging of manure into a wetland. Thomas was also cited for building bridges and dams without permits, enlarging a pond without a permit and tearing down a barn without notice of intent. The violations could result in a fines amounting to $10,000 per day, according to the letter.
He's set for a Jan. 6 meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which Thomas says should go smoothly. He says he's in the process now of retroactively obtaining permits for the work. The manure discharge is another story, as illegal dumping and the like isn't taken kindly even here in Cleveland
Without being terribly clear, Thomas told the Wisconsin State Journal
that "in the end it’s just rabbit turds here.”