Former Seattle Seahawks guard Earl Thomas was arrested Friday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, more than two weeks after a warrant was issued over his alleged violation of a protective order of the court.
According to a report from the WFAA in Dallas, Thomas was arrested by the Orange Police Department after being recognized at a restaurant.
A warrant for Thomas’s arrest was issued on April 27 in Austin, Texas, after police said he violated a protective order by sending threatening messages to a woman about her and his his children, the American statesman from Austin reported last week.
Orange, Texas is located near the Louisiana border, over 250 miles from Austin.
Thomas faces a third-degree felony for at least two violations within 12 months of a May 2021 protective order that said he could only communicate with the woman through a co-parenting phone app, according to the newspaper. The woman had told police that Thomas had recently begun threatening her and her children via text message, including a message on April 18 informing her that he had just obtained two handguns and another later. in the day in which he had told her that he would “kick [her] ass.”
Trey Dolezal, who is representing Thomas in his pending divorce, told the US 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 wanted to resume his NFL career. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro hasn’t played in a game since the 2019 season, the year he signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Ravens of Baltimore in free agency. Baltimore released him in August 2020 after an altercation in which Thomas punched teammate Chuck Clark during a practice at training camp.
Information from ESPN’s Brady Henderson was used in this report.