DALLAS (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks guard Earl Thomas was arrested in Texas more than two weeks after a warrant was issued for allegedly breaching a protective order.
Beaumont, Texas, television station KBMT reported that Thomas was arrested Friday in Orange, where he played high school football. The station reported that the triple All-Pro was recognized at a restaurant.
The arrest warrant was issued last month in Austin, Texas, where Thomas played college for the Texas Longhorns. Police said Thomas violated the court order by sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children, the Austin US statesman reported.
Orange sits near the Texas-Louisiana border, about 275 miles from Austin.
Thomas’ attorney, Trey Dolezal, told the Austin newspaper that the warrant stemmed from Thomas contacting the woman to see their children.
Thomas, 33, is a free agent and has said he wants to resume his career. He spent his first nine seasons with the Seahawks before a year with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a free agent.
Thomas hasn’t played since 2019. He was released by the Ravens in training camp in 2020 after hitting teammate Chuck Clark during practice.
More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL