NFL: Baltimore Ravens release Earl Thomas for punching teammate

The Baltimore Ravens have released Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, two days after he was in an altercation with teammate Chuck Clark that saw him barred from practice.

“We have terminated Earl Thomas’ contract for personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens,” the NFL team said in a statement.

NFL Network reported that the Ravens will also try to recoup the $AUD14 million Thomas was due to be paid this season based on the four-year, $77 million deal he inked before the 2019 campaign.

Thomas chimed in with his own statement on Instagram after the Ravens announced their move.

“Appreciate the Ravens organisation for the opportunity,” Thomas said. “Had a great run. Wish things would have ended different but you live and you learn. Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else who played a role in bringing me to B-More. Wish you guys the best.”

Thomas sounded more frustrated in a since-deleted post on the weekend made after he was sent home from practice, which he said “sucks”.

Earl Thomas is waving goodbye to BaltimoreSource:Getty Images

Media reports said Clark had confronted Thomas on the sideline late in practice over a break down on coverage and Thomas responded by putting up his fists.

In his Instagram post, Thomas posted video of a “mental error on my part” that he said sparked the confrontation.

He said he tried to work it out with a teammate calmly but acknowledged “getting into it with a teammate”. It’s not Thomas’s first abrupt departure from a team.

He won a Super Bowl title with the Seahawks but his tenure in Seattle ended on the field after he gave the middle finger to coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, the 31-year-old will likely have no trouble finding another team eager for his services, with the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans already mentioned as clubs that would be interested.

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