Firefighters battled a massive blaze at the home of Earl Thomas on Thursday, but they could not save it. Officials believe the former safety’s Orange, Texas house was struck by lightning.
Thomas was reportedly at the scene, but left. Thomas, who last played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019, was home with two family members at his residence when he heard a “popping sound” and saw smoke in the house.
Officials told the outlet that fire crews were forced to pull back because of intense flames and smoke and worked in “defensive mode” to get the fire under control.
Early reports indicate no one was hurt and that the house is considered “a complete loss.”
The Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler was released by the Raven in 2020 after getting into a fight with a teammate during offseason training. He hasn’t played in the league since.
He played for the Seahawks from 2010-2018 but never took the field for Seattle again after raising his middle finger toward head coach Pete Carroll while being carted off the field with a leg injury during Week 4 of the 2018 season.
In April, he made it clear his intentions to play in the NFL, but he would be arrested in May after violating a protective order by allegedly sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children.
He is unlikely to ever back into the league.