Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Thomas gave a woman herpes and lied to the woman about it, claiming sores on his penis were caused by a zipper malfunction. This according to TMZ, which reported that a woman named “Adrienne” filed suit against Thomas.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Woman Claims Thomas Had Sores on His Penis & Blamed Them on a Zipper Malfunction
According to TMZ, the plaintiff claimed in documents that she started dating Thomas in 2010 when he was with the San Diego Chargers, and the two had frequent unprotected sex.
The woman claimed to have noticed “puss-filled bumps” on Thomas’ buttocks and inner thigh and “bruises and sores” on his penis, TMZ reported. The woman claims Thomas told her the bumps on his buttocks and thighs were caused by his football equipment and the bruises and sores on his penis were caused by a zipper malfunction.
2. The Woman Claims She Tested Positive for Genital Herpes in 2012
TMZ says the woman claims in the suit that she tested negative for STDs in December 2010, but later tested positive in 2012. She said Thomas is the only person who could have given her the virus, the site reported.
3. The Suit Also Claims Thomas Physically Abused the Woman
According to TMZ, the lawsuit also claims Thomas physically abused her during their relationship. The allegation comes just as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has come under intense criticism for suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games after Rice was accused of assaulting Janay Palmer, who was then his fiancee and who he has since married.
Rice was caught on video dragging a passed-out Palmer out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. He was accepted into a diversion program for first-time offenders after Palmer declined to testify against him in court, hampering prosecutors’ case against him.
4. Thomas Signed a 2-Year Deal with the Steelers During the Offseason
Thomas, who started 10 games for the Charges last season but was benched late in the season, signed a two-year deal over the offseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The lineman played the first four years of his pro career in San Diego after the Chargers drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Thomas made 23 tackles (17 solo) and had one interception last year. He had 4 sacks in just 6 games in 2011 but hasn’t made one since.
5. Thomas Hasn’t Responded to the Allegations
TMZ said it contacted Thomas, his agent and his lawyer and hasn’t heard back from any of them.