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KENNER, La. — Star New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas found himself in hot water after being arrested in Kenner on misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief around 7 p.m. Friday night, as per Kenner police. Thomas was reportedly cooperative and taken into custody without incident, eventually being released around 10 p.m.
The alleged incident involved an altercation between Thomas and a construction worker in his neighborhood. The worker claimed that Thomas confronted him about parking in front of his house and made verbal threats. The tension escalated when the worker started recording the interaction, causing Thomas to allegedly throw a brick at the worker’s windshield, resulting in minimal damage. The worker also accused Thomas of shoving him and knocking the phone out of his hands.
In an interview with WDSU, the local NBC affiliate, the worker revealed that the conflict had been brewing for weeks, with Thomas repeatedly asking construction workers to stop parking in front of his house and even threatening to damage their cars if they didn’t comply.
The case will be handled in Kenner’s Mayor’s Court, which has jurisdiction over traffic, misdemeanor and code enforcement violations within the city.
The New Orleans Saints responded to the incident by stating that they were aware of the situation and in the process of gathering information.
Interestingly, this was the second arrest of a Saints player in Kenner in recent weeks, with receiver Chris Olave being arrested on suspicion of reckless operation of a motor vehicle on Oct. 23.
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