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Former Seattle Seahawks security Earl Thomas was arrested Friday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, more than two weeks after a verdict was issued following his alleged violation of a legal protection order.
According to a report from the WFAA in Dallas, Thomas was arrested by the Orange Police Department after he was recognized at a restaurant.
A arrest warrant for Thomas was issued April 27 in Austin, Texas, after police said he violated the protective order by sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children, the Austin American-Statesman reported last week.
Orange, Texas, is located near the Louisiana border, more than 400 miles from Austin.
Thomas faces a third-degree felony for at least two violations within 12 months of a protection order from May 2021 stating that he could only communicate with the woman through a co-parent phone app, according to the newspaper. The woman had told police that Thomas recently began threatening her and her children via text message, including a message on April 18 informing her that he had just been given two handguns and another later the same day he told her , that he would “kick”. [her] ass. “
Trey Dolezal, who represents Thomas in his ongoing divorce, told the U.S. statesman that the arrest warrant stems from Thomas reaching out to the woman to see their children.
Thomas, 33, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on April 22 that he wants to summarize his NFL career. The seven-time Pro Bowl pick and triple first-team All-Pro have not played in a single match since the 2019 season, the year he signed a $ 55 million four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. Baltimore released him in August 2020 after an altercation in which Thomas beat teammate Chuck Clark during a training camp.
Information from ESPN’s Brady Henderson was used in this report.