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LB Thomas seeking probation for assault, pot-possession charges

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, right, talks with fellow

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, right, talks with fellow linebacker Jason Taylor during a minicamp in Florham Park, N.J. (June 14, 2010) Credit: AP

Soon-to-be free agent linebacker Bryan Thomas has applied for admission into “a special probation program” stemming from charges he assaulted his wife and was in possession of painkillers and marijuana paraphernalia.

According to The Daily Record (N.J.), the 33-year-old Thomas was charged on Oct. 31 with aggravated assault of his wife at their home in their Randolph, N.J. home. The article states the linebacker – and longest-tenured Jet – “allegedly pushed his wife with a kitchen chair, punched her in the stomach, and grabbed her by the neck, causing pain and marks on her body, according to criminal complaints.”

Thomas, who is not expected to return to the team next season, has reportedly applied for the Morris County’s Pre-Trial Intervention program for first-time offenders. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court, Morristown, on Feb. 5, according to the Daily Record. 

Thomas' lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, has not yet responded to comment.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: "We are monitoring the case. It will be reviewed under our league policies at the appropriate time."

The Jets released this statement in regards to the Thomas case: "We are aware of the report. This is a pending legal matter and we will reserve comment until the legal process has run its course.”

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