Earl Thomas Allegedly Held at Gunpoint in Domestic Altercation

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas looks on after a play against the Tennessee Titans during the firs half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 28-12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was allegedly held at gunpoint by his wife, Nina, after she caught him allegedly cheating on her.

TMZ Sports reported the news.

Thomas released a video on his Instagram page where he addressed the altercation and said he wanted to get ahead of the story. Thomas said what happened wasn't anyone's business, adding "stuff like this happens" while asking for prayers.

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This is the video #EarlThomas posted on his ig, saying he’s going to be on TMZ tomorrow about a “altercation” between him and his loved one, Nina. Hopefully future statements coming. https://t.co/HmMmsAm1JK

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted "in no way does he deny that something occurred."

TMZ obtained the court documents detailing what allegedly happened April 13. Police responded to a home in Austin, Texas, at 3:41 a.m. and said they "observed that a black female wearing an orange sweater with a knife in her hand, later identified as Nina Thomas, was chasing a shirtless black male, later identified as Earl Thomas, with a pistol in his hand around a vehicle."

In the court documents, Nina said Earl left their house with his brother, Seth, following an argument.

She said she found a video of him with another woman on his Snapchat account and then used the account to track his location, going there with two other women and a pistol she said she brought to "scare him." Nina said she put the gun to her husband's head after she found the Thomas brothers naked with other women.

Police said she was "unaware that the gun had a round in the chamber" and thought it would not fire.

According to police, cell phone video shows Nina pointing the gun at Earl "from less than a foot away and it can clearly be seen that Nina's finger was on the trigger and the safety is disengaged."

"Nina was booked for burglary of a residence with intent to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—family violence, and later bonded out," TMZ wrote. She is also required to remain at least 200 yards away from the Ravens safety.

While Nina allegedly hit Earl in the nose, police said he was ultimately able to take the gun away before any shots were fired.

One of the women who was at the Airbnb house said Nina also pointed the gun at the women in the house and yelled: "I got something for all you hoes." She also said one of Nina's friends was swinging a knife.

"I am here to declare that my client unequivocally and categorically denies these allegations and we look forward to our day in court where we can clear her good name," Nina's attorney, Jonathan Goins, told TMZ.

Thomas has been in the league since the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. He played nine years with Seattle and was a member of the Ravens during the 2019 campaign.

The seven-time Pro Bowler won one Super Bowl and reached another during his time on the Seahawks.