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Misdemeanor Charges

Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas faces five misdemeanor charges after attempting to evade police in Charlotte last July, per The Athletic’s Joseph Person.

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Misdemeanor Charges

According to Person, court records said Huntersville police stopped Thomas because his dirt bike — and a red ATV operated by another driver

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Misdemeanor Charges

did not have license plates. The 25-year-old reportedly sped up and drove into an oncoming traffic lane

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Misdemeanor Charges

Thomas eventually stopped near his home, and police arrested him on charges of reckless driving and felony fleeing to elude.

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Misdemeanor Charges

His attorney, George Laughrun, said prosecutors reduced the felony to a misdemeanor.

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A Panthers spokesperson told Person that the team is aware of the incident and notified the NFL when it occurred

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That means they knew about the legal situation when signing Thomas to a three-year, $16.5 million contract extension last week.

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The 6’4″ tight end caught 18 of 30 targets for 188 yards last season and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4 of the 2020 season.