New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been charged with simple battery and criminal mischief following an altercation with a construction worker near his home. Kenner police reported that the 30-year-old NFL player was arrested without incident on Friday night and released later that evening after being cooperative with investigators.
The incident, which took place at a construction site near Thomas’ residence, involved a confrontation over parking. The construction worker alleged that Thomas yelled at him for parking in front of his house and threatened to harm him. According to the worker’s account to the police, Thomas then threw a brick at the window of a truck, causing minimal damage, and proceeded to knock the worker’s phone out of his hand and shove him to avoid being recorded.
Despite the arrest, Thomas is expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, as per an anonymous source familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press.
The New Orleans Saints have acknowledged the incident, stating they are in the process of gathering information. There is no information available yet on whether Thomas has engaged legal representation for this matter.
Thomas, a two-time All-Pro and record holder for most catches in a single NFL season (149 in 2019), has recently returned to regular play following a series of injuries over the past three years. This season, he has made 38 catches for 439 yards and scored one touchdown.
This arrest comes close on the heels of another incident involving Saints’ Chris Olave, who was arrested for speeding and told an officer, “I play for the Saints, man.” The case is scheduled to be heard in Kenner’s Mayor’s Court, where a judge will make a ruling on the misdemeanor charges.