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Police detail standoff that led to Rodarius Thomas’ arrest

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Georgia football transfer Rodarius “Rara” Thomas was arrested for blocking the door to an on-campus dorm room and causing injuries to a 17-year-old girl during an argument, a police report says.

The incident resulted in a felony charge of false imprisonment against 20-year-old Thomas, who recently transferred to Georgia from the state of Mississippi.

He was one of the state’s top receivers and had been expected to play a prominent role in Georgia’s offense as the team goes for its third straight national title.

Thomas was also charged with misdemeanor family violence for allegedly bruising the girl’s bicep and causing scrapes on her shin, according to the police report obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald on Tuesday.

The girl told campus officers that she and Thomas lived together in Mississippi and in his native Alabama, and that they planned to live together in an apartment in Athens.

Thomas was released on $1,850 bond Monday, about eight hours after being taken into custody. He denied wrongdoing in a post on his personal Facebook page.

“You all know I’m not that type of person,” Thomas wrote. “I know better than that, my mother taught me well! I will NEVER put my hands on a woman!”

According to the police report, Thomas and the girl argued about an unidentified man she followed on social media. She said she wanted to leave, but Thomas blocked the door and told her she couldn’t. He also prevented her from calling her mother, the report said.

That’s when the argument turned physical, she told police. Thomas grabbed her right arm and bruised her bicep before she began scratching, kicking and punching Thomas to get him off her.

She said Thomas pushed her and she fell “face first into the bed, leaving bruises and scratches on her shin.” When she tried to get up, he pushed her again, causing her to fall back first onto the bed, causing an abrasion to the side of her left leg.

Thomas gave a different version to police, saying the girl began “choking” and hitting him and that she wouldn’t let him go. He told police he “softly placed her on the bed while she was hitting him,” and advised her to settle down before he left to talk to a friend on the phone.

Thomas will remain a member of the Georgia football program but could face discipline that includes a suspension.

“While we are limited in what we can say about the incident, the report is disappointing and does not reflect the high standards we hold for our student-athletes on and off the field,” the athletic department said in a statement released Monday.


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