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Former Seattle Seahawks security Earl Thomas was arrested in Texas more than two weeks after a warrant was issued for an alleged violation of a protection order.
The Dallas television station WFAA reported Thomas was arrested Friday in Orange, Texas, where he played high school football. The station reported that the three-time All-Pro was recognized in a restaurant.
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Free Security Earl Thomas No. 29 of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.
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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, Austin American-Statesman reported.
Orange is located near the Texas-Louisiana state line, approximately 275 miles from Austin.
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Thomas’s attorney, Trey Dolezal, told the Austin newspaper that the warrant stems from Thomas contacting the woman to see their children.
Free Security Earl Thomas No. 29 of the Baltimore Ravens go off the pitch before a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 31-15.
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33-year-old Thomas 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 the Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a free agent. Thomas hasn’t played since 2019.