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Rara Thomas of the Mississippi State Bulldogs gestures as he carries the ball during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on Nov. 5, 2022, in Starkville, Miss. Thomas was arrested Monday on charges of false imprisonment and ba...

Rara Thomas of the Mississippi State Bulldogs gestures as he carries the ball during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium on Nov. 5, 2022, in Starkville, Miss. Thomas was arrested Monday on charges of false imprisonment and battery/family violence. (Justin Ford/Getty Images/TNS)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football player Rodarius Jaiquan Thomas – aka Rara Thomas – was arrested Monday on charges of false imprisonment and battery/family violence.

Thomas was booked at 4:04 a.m. Monday by University of Georgia Police and released on bonds totaling $1,850 at 12:36 p.m., according to jail records. The false imprisonment charge is a felony, and the battery charge is a misdemeanor.

The UGA Athletic Association issued a statement Monday afternoon:

“We are aware of a reported incident involving conduct by one of our student-athletes. 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. In addition to following internal Athletic Association policies, we will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

A recent transfer from Mississippi State, Thomas is a 6-foot-2, 202-pound wide receiver from Eufaula, Alabama. He was State’s leading receiver as a sophomore last season with 44 catches for 626 yards and seven touchdowns.

Thomas had two catches for 23 yards for Mississippi State in its 45-19 loss to Georgia on Nov. 12.

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