Georgia Releases Statement After Player Arrested On Felony False Imprisonment Charge

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Georgia football player Rara Thomas was arrested early Monday morning.

The former Mississippi State standout receiver was booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail on charges of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery – family violence, according to jail records. He was taken into custody and booked shortly after 4:00 am. He bonded out Monday afternoon, according to CBS Sports.

Rara Thomas faces serious allegations.

Details on the situation continue to be incredibly sparse, and there’s little to no information publicly reported about what allegedly happened.

OutKick has reached out to the Georgia Bulldogs, and will update you with any further information the program provides.

Georgia receiver Rara Thomas arrested on felony false imprisonment charge. (Credit: Georgia Football)

While OutKick has not heard back from Georgia, the athletic department did release the following statement to the Athens Banner-Herald:

We are aware of a reported incident involving conduct by one of our student-athletes. While we are limited in what we can say about the incident, the report is disappointing and not reflective of the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field. In addition to following internal Athletic Association policies, we will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.

It’s worth noting the false imprisonment charge is a felony, which means it carries serious weight.

Georgia law indicates a conviction on a false imprisonment felony charge carries a sentence of up to a decade behind bars.

That charge would definitely indicate this is an incredibly serious situation.

What is the punishment for false imprisonment in Georgia? (Credit: Georgia criminal code https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2020/title-16/chapter-5/article-3/section-16-5-41/)

Thomas transferred to the Bulldogs after spending last season at Mississippi State under Mike Leach. He had seven receiving touchdowns and 626 receiving yards. Make sure to keep checking back for the latest updates as we have them.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.

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  1. I thought every successful FB /MBB coach in a college town knew how important it is to have a “cooperative relationship” with the local police/sheriff’s depts …. regardless of how much $$$$ it costs to assure that cooperation (wink wink)… it usually involves “Call me (the head coach) before you formally book any of my players… no matter what time it is.”

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