Earl's Alleged Wild Night

This doesn’t happen to us all, Earl.

Jim Rome
May 07, 2020 - 12:56 pm
Earl Thomas

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I’m leading today with a story that raises a lot more questions than it has answers. But here’s what we know. Late last night, Ravens safety Earl Thomas posted this video to Instagram.

Getting a call from your rep that you’re going to be on TMZ is almost never a good sign. And if it’s something that he wanted to get in front of, that’s another sign that it’s a bad sign. But still, we’re talking about one of the most respected players in the league. What kind of a story are we talking about.

And then came the TMZ report. And the kind of story that we’re talking about is something the likes of which I’ve never seen or heard.

According to TMZ, police in Austin, Texas responded to a home at 3:41AM on April 13th. According to the police, when they arrived "we observed that a black female wearing an orange sweater with a knife in her hand, later identified as Nina Thomas, was chasing a shirtless black male, later identified as Earl Thomas, with a pistol in his hand around a vehicle."

That is a very scary situation. Like incredibly scary. And everything that reportedly came out after that is even more insane.

According to TMZ, Nina said that Earl left their home earlier that day after they had an argument about his drinking. His brother, Seth Thomas, picked him up.

“But, a short time later, she decided to check on his whereabouts by logging into his Snapchat account -- and that's when she says she found video of Earl with another woman.”

Okay, that’s not good. That’s not good at all. And now, according to TMZ, it’s going to get worse.

“Nina says she used Earl's Snapchat account to track his location to a nearby Air bnb rental home ... And says she called up two other women to help her confront Earl at the pad. Nina also claims she grabbed Earl's pistol, a 9mm Berreta, in the process with the intention to "scare him."

That is just two sentences, but that is a whole lot to unpack. Nina going CIA agent to track Earl’s location to a nearby Airbnb is one thing. Then calling up two other women as backup is another. And then grabbing a pistol to bring along to “scare him” is on a whole new level.

Let me say this right now – grabbing a gun to “scare” someone is the first stop on a road to something horrible.

But let’s get back to the story. According to TMZ: When the women arrived at the house, they "discovered Earl and Seth naked in bed with other women."

I’m sorry, what?!? I just want to go back to something that Earl Thomas said in his statement on Instagram: “Stuff like this happens bro.”

The old “It happens. It happens to us all” line. Except this doesn’t happen. This doesn’t happen to us all.  That’s never happened to anyone I know.  I don’t know that that’s ever happened to anyone, anywhere, ever. 

….so, Stuff like that doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen to us all.  Just you, my man.  Just you, earl.  I could open up the phones right now, until the end of time, and never get a call from someone saying he and his brother were in bed with a couple of ladies, only to have his wife show up at gun point, with her knife wielding bestie,  rolling with her.  So no, earl that doesn’t happen.  Ever.  To any of us.  Just you.  That’s what makes this story so insane.  That’s the whole point.  Dude, you’re making this sound like, I don’t know, weds.  Like, its’ happened to pretty much everyone, difference is, you’re a celebrity, and that’s the only reason we know about it. Correction, my dude, this doesn’t happened to pretty much everyone. It pretty happens to no one. And we’re only at the beginning. Because this is only going to get more insane.

So the women have arrived on the scene and they found Earl and Seth in bed with other women.

Reading from the TMZ report: That's when Nina admits she pulled out the gun and put it to Earl's head -- stating "that she took out the magazine thinking that the gun could not fire." But, cops say Nina was "unaware that the gun had a round in the chamber."

There you go.   This is exactly what I was talking about – when you grab a gun to scare someone, stuff like this is bound to happen. Imagine putting a gun to someone’s head, thinking that it was unloaded, and forgetting that there was a round in the chamber.  Or not even knowing how a gun works; not knowing that there is a slug in the chamber; or not knowing that there is a chamber. Or a safety, or how the safety works: just waving a loaded gun around someone’s head, and thinking you’re good because you dropped the magazine from the pistol. 

And even crazier than all that? Not only was Nina rolling with someone wielding a knife; apparently, she had her videographer with her as well!! Reportedly, someone was rolling vid on the whole thing on a cell phone!!

And according to TMZ, that is exactly what happened: “Cops say one of the women in the house shot cell phone video of the incident ... Which they say shows Nina pointing the gun at Earl's head "from less than a foot away and it can clearly be seen that Nina's finger was on the trigger and the safety is disengaged."

What? Who does that? Who is rolling film in a moment like this? Who is in this situation and thinks, I’ve got to get this on tape. Post this to the ‘gram afterwards. Is this the most insane episode of Cheaters, ever?

And you know someone was shouting at the woman with the camera, saying are you getting this? Are you getting this?

Also, not to be that guy, but can I just jump in here to say, this is happening in the middle of a global pandemic. We’ve got some folks really violating the physical distancing guidelines.

I don’t recall seeing instructions that read: wash your hands for 20 seconds, do not touch your face, THEN jump into bed at an Airbnb with your brother and a bunch of women and get nice!   I’m guessing Dr. Fauci would probably not approve of that.

Anyway, back to the story: according to the police, Earl was able to wrestle the gun away from Nina. Police also say the video shows Nina hitting Earl in the nose.

And if it ended there, it would be one of the craziest stories in a long time. But it didn’t.

According to TMZ “In an interview with Earl's alleged mistress at the scene, she claimed Nina also threatened her and the other woman in the house -- pointing the gun at them and yelling "I got something for all you hoes!"

 “I got something for all you hoes!” Is amazing! 

Yeah you do!  A loaded 9 mm, that you don’t know is loaded.  A bestie, with a blade, either to scare someone or cut someone, and a videographer to document the whole damn thing! In an air b’ n b!  So, you got a whole of lot something for the hoes!  And the bros! 

I wasn’t there, but from the sounds of it, Nina’s friend didn’t EXACTLY  try to talk her out of an armed confrontation with Earl,….NOT AT ALL… instead, Nina’s friend was like, “cool, let me grab my blade…someone’s getting cut tonight! 

According to TMZ, “cops ultimately arrested Nina and both members of her posse. Nina was booked for burglary of a residence with intent to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- family violence, and later bonded out.” Earl Thomas was not arrested.

Look, I don’t really have a good way of wrapping up this story other than to say that if this is all true, it’s the most insane story I’ve heard in a long time. And again, these are all allegations at this point. And as I mentioned at the top, there are way more questions than there are answers. But when we come back, there are a couple of questions I do want to hit.