According to Kenner police, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was arrested on charges of simple assault and criminal mischief on Friday around 7 p.m.
Thomas was cooperative and booked without incident. According to police, he was released from prison around 10 p.m.
Thomas was arrested after an altercation with a man who was doing construction work on a home being built in Thomas’ neighborhood. The man stated that Thomas yelled at him and made verbal threats about parking in front of his home.
According to the man’s statement, Thomas was also upset that the man began filming him during the incident and threw a brick at his windshield, causing “little or no damage.” Suspect Thomas said he didn’t want to be recorded, pushed him and knocked the phone out of his hand.
The man also told WDSU, the local NBC affiliate, that the problem had been building for several weeks after Thomas repeatedly asked construction workers to stop parking in front of his house and threatened to throw something at the cars. if they weren’t moved.
The charges will be decided in the Kenner Mayor’s Court, which has jurisdiction over traffic, misdemeanor and code violations in the City of Kenner.
The Saints said last night they were aware of the incident and were gathering information.
Thomas’ arrest was the second in the past month by a Saints player in the city of Kenner. Wide receiver Chris Olave was arrested Oct. 23 on suspicion of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.