February 3, 2023

ATHENS, GEORGIA: Georgia wide receiver Rodarius Thomas “Rara” was arrested Monday, Jan. 23 and charged with felony counts, false imprisonment and domestic violence in the family (first offense), according to an Athens-Clarke County Jail official .

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Thomas, a Eufaula, Alabama junior who was recently transferred to Georgia from the state of Mississippi, was arrested at 4:04 a.m. ET by University of Georgia police. Thomas was released later that afternoon after posting $1,850 bail, although details of the event remain unknown.

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Who is Rodarius “Rara” Thomas?

Thomas was one of the most prominent players to transfer to Georgia at the end of the regular season. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Eufaula, Alabama, led Mississippi State receivers for 626 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 receptions. A strong true freshman season followed, in which he had 18 receptions for 252 yards and five points.

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Two key players to sign with Georgia were Thomas and former Missouri wide receiver Dominic Lovett, who also led his team in receptions last season. During their 2022 national championship quest, the Bulldogs had just one receiver (Ladd McConkey) among their top four pass catchers. The two inbound transfers prompted a change in philosophy from coach Kirby Smart, who reinforced the fact that he didn’t need even one inbound transfer before his team headed to a second straight national championship, CBS Sports reported.

What was Thomas accused of?

Thomas faces felony and false imprisonment charges, according to a warrant obtained by ESPN on Monday, Jan. 23, as he reportedly locked and detained the individual “without legal authority” by standing outside the dormitory door, the exit blocked and it said she can’t leave.” Because he is said to have “deliberately caused visible bodily harm [by] resulting in bruises on her right bicep and bruises and abrasions on her shins,” Thomas is now charged with a misdemeanor.

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Thomas will be suspended effective immediately per University of Georgia Athletic Association regulations. “We are aware of one reported incident involving the behavior of one of our student athletes,” the Georgia Department of Athletics said in a statement. “While we are limited in what we can say about the incident, the report is disappointing and does not reflect the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field. In addition to following the Athletic Association’s internal policies, we will be working closely with our administration to ensure we are fully cooperating with all law enforcement and campus protocols,” the statement added.

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