You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Ex-NFL player jailed after allegedly attacking woman in front of kids


The report said six juvenile females were inside the home for a birthday party.

A former NFL player is facing charges after allegedly attacking a woman while children were in the Sandy Springs house, police said. 

Michael Thomas, who played wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009 to 2012, was in the Fulton County jail Monday.  

He is accused of beating and strangling a woman on Sunday, according to a Sandy Springs police report.

When police arrived at the residence, a silver Dodge Charger was parked crooked across the lawn near tire tracks, the report states. 

A woman came outside crying and holding her left eye.

Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham told Channel 2 Action News that loud banging and screaming could be heard from the house. 

“They could hear a female, you know, crying for help,” Worsham said. 

Thomas allegedly came home from a club, yelled at the woman about her texting and smashed her cellphone, the report states. The woman also told police Thomas had tried to take her Porsche but hit the side of the garage.

Soon after, Thomas knocked her to the ground and started to strangle her, the report states.

The report said six juvenile females were inside the home preparing for a birthday party at the time of the alleged assault. 

A witness told police Thomas was extremely intoxicated and belligerently slamming doors. As she broke free, Thomas struck her in the eye and that was when she saw the officers arriving.

“They could hear the altercation going on upstairs,” Worsham said.

Officers found more than $5,000 in cash in Thomas’ backpack, the report states. 

Thomas is being held on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and child abuse in the third degree. He has no bond, according to jail records. 


In other news:

Next Up in Local

JUST IN: Search underway for armed Georgia fugitive
JUST IN: Search underway for armed Georgia fugitive

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fugitive who they say is armed with a gun.  Officials have been searching for Nicholas Bishop since about 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.  Bishop abandoned a stolen car in Talking Rock in the area of Priest Circle, authorities said...
Cobb stabbing victims may have known attacker
Cobb stabbing victims may have known attacker

Cobb County police are searching for the person who stabbed two people, injuring one seriously, at an apartment complex in Smyrna, Channel 2 Action News reported Wednesday. The incident happened at the Villas of South Cobb on Old Concord Road, the news station reported. The attacker, who police said was doing some work for the victims, got out of a...
In a first, Cobb County shifts on commuter rail

The history of metro Atlanta inched forward late Tuesday night. For the first time, the Cobb County Commission formally addressed the issue of commuter rail without use of the words “hell” and “no.” On a 5-0 vote, commissioners offered up a definite maybe. But tectonic plates can shake the world by moving only a few centimeters...
‘Political rewind’ replay: ‘Sine die’ is Latin for ‘thank God’

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” starts with last-minute doings in the state Capitol as the Legislature finishes up on Thursday – including university-centered bills on rape prosecutions and concealed firearms on campuses. But a larger topic was Gov. Nathan Deal’s apparent willingness to expand Medicaid...
Homeless man at airport had machete, knife, scissors 
Homeless man at airport had machete, knife, scissors 

A homeless man was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport this month with a machete, a 10-inch butcher knife and five scissors, according to police. “At no time was the public in danger,” airport spokesman Reese McCranie said Wednesday. Kenneth Edward Royal was arrested March 14 after officers saw him pushing a shopping...
More Stories