Former Texas football player and NFL star safety Earl Thomas is the target of an arrest warrant filed in Travis County.
The warrant, signed by a county judge on April 27, charges Thomas with a third-degree felony for allegedly violating a protective order for at least the second time in the last 12 months.
The Austin American-Statesmen reported the warrant.
The protective order prohibited Thomas from sending threatening text messages to a woman, messages that also related to the woman’s children. The report did not identify the woman or provide the content of any of the text messages.
The report quoted Trey Dolezal, an attorney who is representing Thomas in a divorce, who said that Thomas’ messages were about his desire to see his children.
The protective order related to this warrant was issued in May of 2021.
Thomas played for Texas and was named a consensus All-American in 2009 as part of the team that reached the national championship game against Alabama.
Thomas left Texas with two years of eligibility and was selected No. 14 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He became part of the team’s famed ‘Legion of Boom’ defense.
In the NFL, Thomas was named to the NFL’s Team of the 2010s as a safety. He played mostly for Seattle, where he was named a First-Team All-Pro five times, a Pro Bowl selection seven times and won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks then they beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
He has not played in the NFL since playing for the Ravens in 2019.
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