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College Football Star Who Recently Transferred to Georgia Arrested on Felony Charge

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A wide receiver who recently transferred to national champion Georgia from Mississippi State was arrested Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges.

Rodarius “Rara” Thomas was booked around 4 a.m. on a felony charge of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of family violence battery, according to Clarke County jail records.

He spent more than eight hours in jail before being released on $1,850 bond shortly after noon.

Jail records showed the 20-year-old Thomas was arrested by University of Georgia police.

No other details were immediately available, and it was not known whether Thomas had an attorney who could speak for him.

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“We are aware of a reported incident involving conduct by one of our student-athletes,” the Georgia athletic department said in a statement.

“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,” it said.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Thomas appeared to deny doing anything wrong.

“Y’all know I’m not that type of person,” he said. “I know better than that my momma taught me well! I’ll never EVER put my hands on a female.”



The arrest of Thomas was another blow to a Georgia team that won its second straight national championship on Jan. 9 with a 65-7 rout of TCU.

A few hours after a celebratory parade through Athens and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium, offensive lineman Devin Willock and a member of the recruiting staff were killed in an early morning car wreck on Jan. 15.

Excessive speed has been cited as one of the causes of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Thomas, who is from Eufaula, Alabama, was one of Mississippi State’s leading receivers this past season, with 44 catches for a team-high 626 yards and seven touchdowns.

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He announced his transfer to Georgia in December.

Thomas has been projected to be a key member of the Bulldogs’ offense after receiver Kearis Jackson declared for the NFL draft and receiver Adonai Mitchell entered the transfer portal.

Mitchell, who has since committed to Texas, missed much of the 2022 season with a high ankle sprain.

He returned to make the game-winning, 10-yard touchdown catch against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal and added a 22-yard touchdown catch against TCU in the title game.

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