Father of Colts Player Indicted for Allegedly Fatally Shooting Bald Eagle

Rodney Thomas II, a rising star in the NFL, is facing trial for allegedly shooting and killing a bald eagle.

Thomas, a safety for the Indianapolis Colts, is the son of Rodney Thomas, who was indicted by a Pittsburgh federal grand jury for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The elder Thomas allegedly killed the protected species with an air rifle in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, on May 12, 2023.

The dearest bald eagle, who was one of two notable to the area for a really long time, was nicknamed “Sam” by local people after the popular Muppets character.

Thomas, 50, was delivered on $10,000 bail. He faces up to a $5,000 fine and as long as one year in prison.

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Man Arrested for Killing Bald Eagle, Faces Up to $5,000 Fine and 1 Year in Jail

Thomas’s son, Rodney Thomas II, is a rising star in the NFL. He was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact on the team, starting 11 games as a rookie. He finished the season with 50 tackles, two interceptions, and 11 passes defended.

Thomas is a versatile safety who can play in the box, in the slot, or deep. He is a decent tackler and has great ball abilities. He also has the speed and athleticism to play in man coverage.

In his second season with the Colts, Thomas is expected to be a key contributor on defense. He has the potential to be a starter for many years to come.

Off the field, Thomas is a community leader. He is involved in several community organizations and is a mentor to young people. He is also a member of the Colts’ Social Justice Committee.

Thomas’s father’s arrest is a major setback for the young player. It is unclear how the charges will affect his career, but it is sure to be a distraction.

Thomas is scheduled to go on trial in January 2024.

In a release, U.S. Lawyer for the Western Locale of Pennsylvania Eric G. Olshan said his office is given to dealing with wrongdoers who hurt untamed life.

“This Office stays focused on researching and indicting ecological and natural life offenses under government regulation, including the unlawful killing of bald eagles-the US’s public bird starting around 1782,” Olshan said.

Thomas’s case is a reminder of the importance of protecting our wildlife. Bald eagles are a vital part of our ecosystem and their illegal killing is a serious crime.

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