Earl Thomas has recently received negative press. He could now serve time in prison. The former NFL player is accused of sending threatening text messages to a woman about her children’s safety, in violation of a protective order.
Thomas is only allowed to contact the alleged victim through a co-parenting phone application, but he hasn’t downloaded it so far. Earl Thomas was arrested at a pub in Texas just recently. It comes only days after a judge issued a warrant for the former NFL star after he was accused of repeatedly breaking a protective order, according to TMZ Sports.
According to reports, the 33-year-old 7-time Pro Bowler was apprehended by Orange County PD at 8:30 PM after the department received a phone call from a bar patron who observed Thomas in the business. Officers arrived, and Thomas was arrested and brought to the Orange County Jail, where he is still being held.
According to internet records, no bond has been set. Because Thomas allegedly contacted the woman many times, he might be charged with a third-degree felony, which carries a potential jail sentence of ten years if convicted. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the bust comes only two weeks after a judge issued a warrant for Earl after he reportedly violated a protective order twice in a year by threatening a woman and her children over texting.
Thomas’ lawyer previously told a local Austin newspaper that his client was only talking with his estranged wife concerning their children, as allowed under the order. Earl was ordered to exclusively communicate with his ex through an approved co-parenting app in the original protective order, which was issued in 2021. However, the allegation claims that not only did the NFL star not utilize the app, but he also sent intimidating messages threatening violence.
The arrest occurred as Thomas, the 14th overall choice in the 2010 NFL Draft, was attempting to re-enter the league. Earl, a five-time All-Pro and Super Bowl champion, hasn’t played since starting 15 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season. The arrest was initially reported by NFL reporter Dov Kleiman. This is a developing story so stay tuned for more.
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