🏈 NFL Dad vs 🦅: Grudge Against The Real Eagles?
NFL dad (aka Colts’ Rodney Thomas II’s pops) is accused of popping a cap in a bald eagle named “Sam”. Big no-no according to federal laws. Outrage ensues, community is shook, and penalties await. 🚫🔫🦅
When the majestic symbol of America’s freedom is shot down, eyebrows (and emotions) go wild! Rodney Thomas, 50, the dad of Indianapolis Colts safety Rodney Thomas II, found himself in hot waters 🌡️ after allegedly taking out a bald eagle in Mount Pleasant, PA. But wait, there’s more!
This wasn’t just ANY eagle; it was a bird that had been chilling in the community for nearly two decades. So, local Mount Pleasant peeps were NOT feeling the vibes of this alleged shoot-down. To make matters even more cinematic, some folks had dubbed the bird “Sam” – a nod to the Muppets. Who knew this bird was a whole celebrity? 🌟
Let’s backtrack a second. “Sam” wasn’t just living his best eagle life alone; he had a partner in the skies. So not only has a community lost its feathered friend, but there’s also an eagle out there missing its mate. 🥺💔
Now, onto the alleged shooter: The elder Thomas got slapped with an indictment for going against the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Man, when they make a law JUST for protecting eagles, you know they’re serious! And if you’re wondering, “Why did it take authorities more than two months to spill the beans about who allegedly did the deed?” – you’re not alone. The residents were also asking, “What’s the dealio?” 🤷
To sprinkle in some more drama, while Thomas II was busy on the field, making a name for himself at Yale and then joining the Colts, his rookie season got shadowed by this incident. That season included a 17-16 loss to, wait for it… the Philadelphia Eagles. Oh, the irony! 😅
Big Rod (that’s what we’re calling him now) got out on a $10,000 bail, but if convicted, he’s looking at up to $5,000 in fines and a year doing the jailhouse rock. While Colts and Rodney II are giving the silent treatment, the U.S. Attorney’s all like, “We don’t play when it comes to our bald buddies.”
For real though, if eagles could talk, what would Sam’s last words be? 🤔
To wrap up this winged saga: When the gridiron meets the sky, who knew it could cause such a furore? The real question remains – what really happened that day? And why an eagle? Thoughts? ✍️👇