New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is seeking more than $1 million for a two-month rental allegedly gone wrong, TMZ reports.
According to the report, Thomas is suing the landlord of his offseason rental in the luxury Los Angeles enclave of Bel Air after he claims he was repeatedly disturbed and denied the return of his $60,000 deposit. TMZ obtained court records of the lawsuit in which Thomas claims he paid $60,000 in rent per month for two months in addition to the deposit, all in advance.
He intended to use the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom abode equipped with a gym and a pool to conduct offseason training in private. He claims that the owner agreed to leave him in peace during his stay and that representatives of the property owner instead repeatedly showed up at the home unannounced, disturbing his training program. He also claims that the home's pool, garage doors and kitchen appliances all had problems, per the report.
He stayed at the property from Feb. 4 to April 5. He's seeking more than $1 million in damages and the return of his $60,000 deposit, claiming breach of lease. How he reached the $1 million-plus figure isn't clear.
Is suit related to ankle-surgery drama?
This all happened prior to Thomas' June surgery to correct a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for much of the 2020 season. It's unclear if Thomas is claiming anything related to the extension of his injury in the suit.
Thomas could have had surgery in January immediately after the end of the Saints' season. For reasons not clear, he opted to have the procedure in June and will now be sidelined for the start of the season with a timeline that extends to October.
The timing of his surgery led to offseason sniping between Thomas and head coach Sean Payton.
“Obviously, we would have liked that [surgery] to have happened earlier than later — and quite honestly it should have,” Payton told reporters in July.
Thomas tweeted this in August:
Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported that the two sides recently met amid trade speculation and are not expected to split after positive talks.