CRIME

Georgia ex-NFL player arrested for beating, choking girlfriend

Michael Thomas was arrested for beating and choking his girlfriend.

Michael Thomas was arrested for beating and choking his girlfriend.  (Fox 5 Atlanta)

A former NFL player was arrested for beating and choking his girlfriend while children were in their home in Sandy Springs, Ga., according to police.

Michael Thomas, a former wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, faces charges of aggravated assault, child abuse, battery, using a firearm during the commission of a felony and obstruction of law enforcement.

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On Monday, Thomas waived his first court appearance. His next court hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 3.

According to a police report, the victim said Thomas came home drunk and upset when they got into a verbal argument on March 19. She said Thomas tried to leave the home in her car—making impact with the garage multiple times—before driving off.

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The victim and her friend, who was at the home helping to plan a birthday party, went back to bed.

A short while later, Thomas returned home and took the victim’s cell phone after inquiring about whom she was texting, the report said.

When the victim tried to get her phone back, Thomas started beating and choking her with open and closed fists, the report said.

“I heard very loud banging, yelling and screaming” said police as they recalled arriving at the residence.

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