In his time in Seattle, Earl Thomas sometimes said and did things that seemed a little . . . eccentric. Mostly, it seemed to add to his charm.
Not this time.
The former Seahawks star, now with the Baltimore Ravens, was caught cheating by his wife, Nina, who held a loaded gun at his head in an AirBnb rental unit in Austin, TX., where he and his brother, Seth, were engaged in an orgy.
The April 13 episode was reported Wednesday night by (who else?) TMZ, which had a copy of a report by Austin police that included information on the first encounter with the couple at 3:41 a.m.:
“We 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.”
Police drew weapons and ordered the couple to the ground. They complied, and the threat ended. But the story didn’t. Not likely for years.
Thomas released a video on his Instagram account to “get ahead” of the TMZ story, indicating something did happen, but avoided specifics.
#Ravens safety Earl Thomas says there will be a report coming out tomorrow on TMZ regarding a domestic incident with his wife. He doesn’t give much information but wanted to get ahead of the story. Video via his IG…pic.twitter.com/8xE6UdKHpz
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) May 7, 2020
After all parties were interviewed, Earl Thomas, 32 Thursday, was not charged, but Nina Thomas and two friends who accompanied her were arrested. Nina was charged with burglary of a house with intent to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence.
She posted bond and was released, and also was restrained with an emergency protective order, requiring her to stay 200 yards away from Earl and his alleged mistress.
In her statement in the charging documents, Nina said she argued earlier in the day at home with her husband, who spent his first nine seasons in Seattle — five of which included an All-Pro selection — before leaving in free agency in 2019 for Baltimore, about his drinking. He left in the company of his brother.
She checked on his whereabouts by logging into his Snapchat account and discovered he was nearby. After summoning her friends, she said she took her husband’s gun, a 9 mm Beretta, and removed the clip, with the intention of “scaring him.” But a single bullet remained in the chamber.
When they arrived, they “discovered Earl and Seth naked in bed with other women.”
Nina admits she put the gun to Earl’s head, not realizing it still had a round. Cell phone video shot by one of the women shows the gun at Earl’s head, according to the report, “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.”
Earl wrestled away the gun, and claimed he was struck several times.
Nina’s attorney, Jonathan Goins, told TMZ, “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.”
Thomas, who grew up in Orange, TX., and was a star at the University of Texas, was a first-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 2010 and became a member of the famed Legion of Boom, part of one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. After a preseason holdout in 2018 failed to get him a contract extension he sought, Thomas returned to the field for four games before a knee injury wiped out the rest of the season.
As he was carted off the field, Thomas infamously gave a middle finger to coach Pete Carroll, who dismissed the gesture as post-injury emotion. But the acrimony from Thomas was real, believing Carroll’s contract resistance disrespected his contributions.
Now, at least, it won’t be the task of Carroll to explain Thomas to the world.
The office of Nina Thomas’s attorney released a statement late Wednesday night.
“Things happen,” Nina Thomas writes on Instagram. “Just asking for prayers and privacy at this time.” pic.twitter.com/iQh2JyDIlf
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) May 7, 2020