New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was arrested Friday night in Kenner, Louisiana, and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief, Kenner police confirmed to NFL Media.
The charge of simple assault and felonious assault is a misdemeanor.
Thomas’ arrest came around 7 p.m. ET after a confrontation with a construction worker who was working on a home being built in the same neighborhood as Thomas, according to Kenner police Lt. Mark McCormick.
“The victim stated that Thomas yelled at him about parking in front of his home and verbally threatened to harm him,” McCormick said in a news release. “The victim began recording the incident, which angered Thomas, who then picked up a brick and threw it at the windshield of the truck, causing little to no damage. Thomas then walked up to the victim, knocked the phone out of his hand and pushed him, telling him he didn’t want to be recorded.
Thomas, 30, was cooperative during the police investigation and was arrested without incident, according to McCormick. He was released around 10 p.m. ET.
Following Thomas’ arrest, the Saints issued the following statement to NFL.com: “We are aware of the incident and are gathering information.”
Thomas was drafted by New Orleans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and has recorded 564 receptions for 6,560 yards and 36 touchdowns for the Saints in his career. He has played in all nine of the team’s games this season after making just 10 appearances in the last three years due to injury.
He currently has 439 receiving yards and one touchdown on 38 receptions in 2023.
The Saints play the Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.