Quinn Ojinnaka suspended for a game over battery arrest

In June 2009, tackle Quinn Ojinnaka (76) and center Ben Wilkerson (67) share a laugh as they walk off the field at the conclusion of team practice. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

In June 2009, tackle Quinn Ojinnaka (76) and center Ben Wilkerson (67) share a laugh as they walk off the field at the conclusion of team practice. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka was suspended without pay for one game by the NFL for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.

He will sit out the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 12.

“Ojinnaka’s suspension begins on Saturday, September 4,”  according to a statement released by the NFL on Thursday.  “He is eligible to return to the Falcons’ active roster on Monday, September 13 following the team’s September 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Ojinnaka, a fifth-year reserve drafted out of Syracuse in the fifth round of 2006, was charged with simple battery by Gwinnett County police.

Police said Ojinnaka’s wife confronted him about contact with a female friend on Facebook. Police said he tossed her down some stairs and threw her out of their house in Suwanee in May of 2009.

Ojinnka told police that she started the fight by attempting to stab him with a pen.

Ojinnaka, who started five games at right guard last season, may participate in all preseason practices and games.

The Falcons would not comment on Ojinnaka’s suspension.

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falcon fan

June 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

Get a divorce man.

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Poppa Falcon

June 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

A FACEBOOK fight?!? Sigh…….

Mike

June 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

C’mon man…….Are you kidding me ???

Saabotager

June 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

This can’t be true. I truly doubt facebook is the reason this lunatic is suspended. It’s called domestic violence. Shame on you Orlando for trying to hide this fact.

sc

June 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

It sounds like he’s being suspended for beating up his wife, not a “Facebook fracas”. Way to hide domestic violence, AJC.

Really?

June 3rd, 2010
5:22 pm

“You question me about my facebook page…Ojinakka you out!”

waynester

June 3rd, 2010
5:23 pm

DLed
Not trying to be a jerk but “Facebook Fracas” seems to minimize a serious domestic violence incident in which a pro athlete pushed his wife down a flight of stairs after she allegedly went after him with a deadly ink pen. I don’t believe in raising a hand to your loved ones and have little respect for those who do, regardless of loss of temper.

SEC West

June 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

Are you sure he didn’t come from UGA? Few schools have a longer arrest record than UGA.

humm

June 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

Gee Ledbetter, where I come from we call a spade a spade; this is domestic violence, so don’t try and call it by a different name.

Jack

June 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

SEC West I think UT beats UGA on this one. However very close.

cmon mannn

June 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

You people are a joke. You making it seems as if he just went off and beat the hell out of his wife. she shouldnt have tried to stab him. tired of all you people always protecting these crazy as? women who want to cause violence and a soon as a man stands up he is in the wrong. How about don’t touch me I won’t touch you. At some point he had to defend himself and if he pushed her away to prevent her stabbing him how is that domestic violence. the man will be arrested anyway it goes. women need to be held accountable for there crap as well.

Needabailout,too!

June 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

I would be led to believe that most responders to a sports story are male, and many responses here are able to read between the lines that this story is probably more than what is reported, a domestic violence scene. As a female, its refreshing that you ‘guys’ are sensitive and appalled at domestic violence, too.

mike t

June 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

Kick her to the curb,before she gets to expensive

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
5:30 pm

D-Led You messed up with your sugarcoating of this guy pulling an “Ike Turner”! Change it the title man!

ATLJBO

June 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

This has to be by far the dumbest reason to get suspended … Facebook….. Really

To quote a great man (may become the hawks future coach)

Quinn Ojinnaka… You are better then that.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

Just another reason to not use Facebook…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

It was a fight over him friending — perhaps an old flame — on Facebook. It’s a lesson to all young Cyber Players without any old-school game. Pick up the phone and talk to somebody.

82Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

florida falcon ….WELL SAID

wife beater (the shirt)

June 3rd, 2010
5:38 pm

its much easier to throw them out if you don’t marry them

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:39 pm

cmon mann — Well, he did toss her down the steps. Not sure that it matters that she tried to stab him with a pen first.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

Too many losers in the NFL – Headline is not misleading. They got in a fight over his Facebook page, according to the police report. He said she tried to stab him with a pen. Cops said he tossed her down the steps. If that’s not a Facebook Fracas I don’t know what is.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

The NEWS here is the suspension. The blow by blow of the domestic violence was reported IN MAY OF 2009. It started over a FACEBOOK argument. Thusly, FACEBOOK FRACAS!

woodie

June 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

I think the part about her stabbing him with a pen is getting overlooked here. It looks like both were involved in this tango. You can’t stab somebody over a facebook friend.

Alabama Communist

June 3rd, 2010
5:45 pm

What you fool want to be sport fans are missing, is that his wife weigh 340 lbs and stood 6′7″ and attack him with Knights Temple Pen Sword! No wonder western ancient Roman Gladitor civilzation is falling apart on the internet………

82Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
5:47 pm

No it is a domestic violence fracas… You have to be man enough to walk away plain and simple. If you are saying he was right because she supposedly tried to stab him, you too need counseling.

RM

June 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

“It’s a lesson to all young Cyber Players without any old-school game. Pick up the phone and talk to somebody”

so d led…its ok to be a “player” if you dont get caught? Dont procreate man, we have enough folks out there with no sense. How bout dont get married…playa…

John Cusack

June 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Perhaps she didn’t watch my role on “Grosse Point Blank!” The pen is mighty-mighty!!! It did a number on that Eastern European in the locker hallway fight scene!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

RM — Good point. My message was to the young and SINGLE guys. Nobody talks to anybody any more. Back in the days of “courting” that was a major part of personal relationships.

Dodaddy

June 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Fountain or ballpoint?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
5:58 pm

RM — Why the procreate talk. Not sure we have any kids involved? You talking about his parents?

Saabotager

June 3rd, 2010
6:03 pm

C’mon Orlando, you can’t defend that jacked-up headline. You are better than that. If you want sensationalism a better headline would be, “Dumba$$ Quinn Ojinnaka suspended for a game for throwing golddigger wife down the stairs because she thought he was facebooking a long lost female friend.” A long title but to the point, don’t you think.

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Chief Wiggum

June 3rd, 2010
6:07 pm

As the others said, the reason should be listed as domestic violence, not “Facebook”. That’s like a couple arguing over taking out the trash, and the man hits the wife. You wouldn’t call that a “trash can fracas”, you’d call it what it is, domestic violence. Couples argue about stuff all the time, the key here is the domestic violence, NOT the reason for the domestic violence.

Perhaps she did attack him first, but it sounds like he seriously over-reacted. He’s a big, big man, while he shouldn’t have to stand there and take it, surely throwing her down the stairs was a bit too much.

RM

June 3rd, 2010
6:07 pm

Thanks for clarifying my man…I respect that. The procreate was about teaching right from wrong… with a little bit of me being an a$$ thrown in…

Michael

June 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

The domestic violence case was dismissed.

LCDawg

June 3rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Nice work tough guy…….total dumb azz

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:12 pm

DLed- You took my 2nd post down! You know it was the truth!

GT Alum

June 3rd, 2010
6:15 pm

OK, so, DOL, my question is, if he was arrested over a year ago, why is he just now being suspended? Does the league conduct an investigation? Were they waiting for the outcome of the case?

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:15 pm

D-Led-because you deleted my 2nd comment. I will now proceed to throw my computer down the stars!

Sinsationalism

June 3rd, 2010
6:16 pm

Weak, self-defeating argument – if we’re going to try to establish an order to “what matters”, then the suspension for throwing a woman down stairs is the most important thing (battery) followed by verbal exchanges (assault or phone calls) followed by message exchanges or friending (texting, email, social network). Using the word Facebook damages the author’s credibility. Using it instead of the more serious aspect of WHOLE story, domestic violence, to grab attention is shameful.

Boo

June 3rd, 2010
6:18 pm

Why does it have to come to this? A smart kid, making a LOT of money, and doing something so STUPID!!

GT Alum

June 3rd, 2010
6:19 pm

Also, do you know all he did was friend the woman in question? I mean, even if she’s an ex, flying off the handle because he friended her on Facebook is a little extreme. Sounds like there was more to it than that, or she already suspected him of being a player, or she’s very insecure. Not that I defend his response, but it doesn’t sound like either one of them was being very rational. Of course, maybe that’s just because I’m someone who tries to steer clear of all that drama.

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:20 pm

Hey DLed- By the looks of most of these comment you might as well close this blog because YOU ARE WRONG in your technical defense of the title of your article. Clever but wrong none the less. You might as well fez up like that umpire in Detroit. You made a mistake, it’s OK though because we all make mistakes.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
6:23 pm

I didn’t suspect you all would be banging so hard on this. He’s suspended for one game and might not every make the team. A player was drafted high at his position. Then the point is moot.

florida falcon — Don’t harm the computer. Step away!

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:23 pm

Hey GT, sounds to me like the wife has a serious case of IMMATURITY. Like the great Chris Rock once said about OJ, ” I understand”

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:26 pm

Thanks D- Me and my computer made up, we are going out for dinner and have make up ***!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
6:38 pm

Florida Falcon — II’m sticking to my guns, so to speak. I’ll ask Queen Led when she keeps home. If she’s cool with it, it’ll stay. If not, I’ll change it. There was a FACEBOOK Fracas, some ugly domestice discourse/violence that resulted in an arrest and suspension.

KD

June 3rd, 2010
6:43 pm

The perils of Facebook.