Former Wildcats, Cardinals receiver arrested after allegedly attacking fiancèe at child's party

Posted at 5:33 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 02:04:06-04

Former Arizona Cardinals receiver and Arizona Wildcats star Mike Thomas was arrested in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Sunday after he allegedly attacked his fiancée in a home in which a child's birthday party was taking place downstairs.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the 29-year-old Thomas was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and third-degree child abuse.

"According to a Sandy Springs police report, a woman said Thomas started beating her early Sunday morning with an open and closed fist and then began choking her," WSB reported. 

"They could hear loud banging, screaming. They could hear a female, you know, crying for help," a Sandy Springs police officer told WSB.

According to, Thomas denied that description of events and said he never hit or choked the woman. He is reportedly being held in Fulton County Jail without bond.

Thomas played at Arizona from 2005-08. His 259 career receptions at UA set a new Pac-10 Conference record, and his 3,231 receiving yards are second in program history. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fourth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Thomas played in Jacksonville for his first two-plus NFL seasons before moving on to the Detroit Lions. He was a member of the Cardinals' practice squad in 2013 and the Texans' practice squad in 2014.