On Sunday, two days after safety Earl Thomas III got into a heated confrontation with fellow safety Chuck Clark at practice and was sent home from the team’s facility in Owings Mills, the Ravens released the seven-time Pro Bowl selection for “personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team.
Here’s a timeline of events in Thomas’ career leading up to Sunday’s move:
Sept. 30, 2018: Playing in the final year of his four-year, $40 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks after helping the team win the Super Bowl in the 2013 season, Thomas suffers a broken leg during a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. After growing frustration with the team for not extending his deal in the offseason, Thomas, who did not report to training camp, points a middle finger at the Seattle sideline while being carted off the field.
“A lot of frustration that day,” Thomas said in a 2019 interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King. “I was in a battle with the team, and I chose to play, and I was betting on myself. So when it happened, it just added to my frustration. I did what I did, and I saw Pete Carroll, and I just was like, ‘You won. You won.’ Just a very disappointing day.”