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.

110 comments Add your comment

truefalconfan

June 3rd, 2010
6:50 pm

how do you walk away from someone trying to stab you????????

steve

June 3rd, 2010
6:52 pm

Sorry, man, but you blew this one badly. Your frantic backpedaling is not helping. admit the mistake and move on.

Rob

June 3rd, 2010
6:54 pm

Headline is misleading. He was suspended because of the altercation with wife NOT because of facebook itself. He wasn’t arrested for anything on facebook Therefore he was suspended for a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE farcas

j

June 3rd, 2010
6:55 pm

THE PERILS OF BLOGS…….

Paschal

June 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

Sounds like Facebook fracas is appropriate for this issue. He won’t make the team anyway so just say he suspended himself from the NFL.

truefalconfan

June 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

and yes i think it is very important to know what type of pen it was any information D led? fountain or ball point?

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

Dled- I hope you don’t lobby the Queen’s support by promising something she’s been wanting. Make her read the article AND comments, then abide by her decision. Your credibility and honor is at stake. Don’t let us down-man. The future of America depends on your decision! (No pressure)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
6:58 pm

truefalconfan — It is unclear from the police report.

florida falcon — The Queen just arrived. We’ll have a ruling shortly.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
7:05 pm

WE HAVE A RULING! THE QUEEN HAS SPOKEN!

“Quinn Ojinnaka suspended for a game over battery arrest”

florida falcon

June 3rd, 2010
7:08 pm

Man, You have earned the respect of me AND MY QUEEN (she happens to counsel “wife beaters”) And I believe I can speak for her and say she’s proud of your changing headline! YOU SIR-ARE THE MAN!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
7:13 pm

florida falcon — Thanks for your kind words.

NOTSO FAST

June 3rd, 2010
7:17 pm

Just one game? Will not be a factor in the game.

Maretta

June 3rd, 2010
7:18 pm

If he treated a female that way, he should be expelled from the team. Hope the judge doesn’t let him off with some sort of diversion sentence or something that hides his guilt, but, it seems sometimes judges aren’t emphatatic to females — one of my friends told me how a Dekalb County judge treated her when she had almost been beaten to a pump by her ex-boyfriend.

Gray Mule

June 3rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Trying to imitate Tiger Woods?
Dumb on his part to post something where it would be sure to be noticed
by his wife. Apparently, he wanted to hurt her by words. It worked!
Words escalated to violence.
Domestic violence iniated by facebook. How nice. A real winner.
His promise to love and cherish her sure went out the window, didn’t it.
They are both at fault. It takes two to make a fight.

Gray Mule

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 3rd, 2010
7:18 pm

About to go pick my comrade and frat brother Michael Cunningham to watch the NBA game. You all have fun.

dr.maryb

June 3rd, 2010
8:12 pm

An Ink Pen?

A Push down the stairs?

I’ll take my chances with the Pen – Hands Down!

(I’ve fallen down the stairs like 5 different times, without a push). Spent one Easter in the Hospital – almost broke my neck. Broke my big toe the second time. Broke my back the third time & that was before my 25th B-Day!

Tell dude to wear some pads next time & get a divorce if it aint working out!

dr.maryb

June 3rd, 2010
8:17 pm

911

Oh yeah! I don’t call 911. Never have.

When I see CRAZY – I RUN like a deer! I don’t do the Po-Po…….nah! I’ll pass on that drama!

waynester

June 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

“Performance ‘enchanting’ drugs” –good one thunderbull56
It seems Babineaux’s wife dropped charges but I thought all domestic violence cases in Ga had to go before a judge. As gray mule noted, it takes two to fight and as others pointed out, some females are out of control. Many couples never learn how to fight fair without violence and maybe they’re that way. I feel for them if they are–maybe a good pastor or counselor will help them learn to deal with their anger in a more constructive way….

Dawgs2010

June 3rd, 2010
9:02 pm

“Woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.”

Ted Striker

June 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

This is why you should never “friend” your own wife on Facebook.

Jake

June 3rd, 2010
10:00 pm

Snap out of it, Ledbetter. A fracas is “a noisy disturbance or quarrel.” Throwing someone down the stairs and then out of the house is not a fracas. It’s domestic violence. Period. Go sit in the corner.

1 Game

June 3rd, 2010
10:08 pm

Tossed her down some stairs and threw her out of the house—-1 game suspension???? WOW—that’s serious punishment baby!!!

PMC

June 3rd, 2010
10:10 pm

Cut him now. He’s a remnant of the old regime and a backup. If he can’t keep his nose clean in that choice of a gig he doesn’t belong on the team. Not worth the embarassment. He can go be terrible for Chicago like Frank Omiyale.

Fred

June 3rd, 2010
10:17 pm

Just Damn Dled, you are active on your blog. how refreshing. I might read your stuff more…….

KDW

June 3rd, 2010
10:27 pm

Suspension! The Falcons should have kicked his butt off the team! His claim that she started the fight and tried to stab him with a pen, sounds like a bunch of bull crap!!!! He can get knocked around by other heavy weight ball players…but he can’t handle a woman threatening him with a pen?!!! C’mon you have to be joking!!!

Dawgs2010

June 3rd, 2010
10:39 pm

Momma says “Facebook is the devil!”

falcon21

June 3rd, 2010
10:58 pm

Good thing blogs are about opinions only because no one on this blog knows what actually happened anyway, I as well. The dude probably will not make the team anyway. All the positive things going on with this team and we get to read the negative side. It happened in 2009, that’s kind of old news. Let it be.

waynester

June 3rd, 2010
11:29 pm

Dawgs2010 Hi-Larry-ous

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

June 3rd, 2010
11:31 pm

Roid Rage?

Doubt it, and don’t really care; should throw him off the team immediately.

Joran Van der Sloot took the place of Jerry Glanville on my dartboard tonight. Twas a solemn affair. Thanks Jerry, you had a good run bro..

Mikefalcon63

June 3rd, 2010
11:57 pm

Great!!! Our reserve offensive lineman is punished by the league… Meanwhile, our top defensive tackle smokes weed and lies to cops about it without any word. Is there something wrong with this picture? Where is Babs??? Tell him I need a joint.

Reid Adair

June 4th, 2010
1:10 am

Throwing someone down stairs and out of the house for attempting to stab you with a pen seems a bit extreme.

Scooter Patrol

June 4th, 2010
2:46 am

SEC West, If this had been UGA, he would have been kicked off the team. Now if it had been Florida, he would have had to sit out the first quarter.

[...] Falcons offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka was suspended for one game by the National Football League for violating the league’s personal conduct [...]

Real Talk

June 4th, 2010
7:31 am

I think it really went down the way they said it did. Everybody that write on this blog probably got a Facebook page and if you married or in a relationship you been confronted with the (who is this on your facebook page) question.

Real Talk

June 4th, 2010
7:38 am

Also if anybody is about to have any harm done to them the first rule is self preseveration.

[...] Quinn Ojinnaka suspended for a game [...]

Jimmy Crack

June 4th, 2010
8:38 am

Were the stairs carpeted?

PMC

June 4th, 2010
8:39 am

In fairness to him he’s obviously a lot bigger and stronger than than she is and if she’s coming at him with a pen he probably just reacted to push her away and she fell down the stairs. Sounds like she’s a bit nuts. Glad it wasn’t an ice pick.

playermom

June 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Since the truth is ojinnaka has been suspended with out pay for altercation with his spouse should end all conversation about it. The truth is not what any reader or outside party to decide. Domestic violence is a serious thing. Just because the police and justice system says that Quinn is gulity does not mean it is the absolute. Law is excuted pertaining to fact and not emotions. Some emotions triggered the domestic violence. Leave it alone and let this young man move on. It is hard enough being in NFL and under the radar with such righteous spectators. Do not excuse domestic violence. Do not abuse the law using domestic violence to get back at anyone. Just because media reports it does not mean it is true. Lets not be so narrow minded and allow sources to determine your ability to rationalize what may be our own truths. Since you were not there, no opinion is warrant.

Sid

June 4th, 2010
9:18 am

Wow, D.O.L., that’s a stand up thing to do, changing the headline. Now, if you can man up and do that then certainly Bud Selig should change it to a perfect game……….!!

Sid

June 4th, 2010
9:29 am

By the way, when Bobby Cox was arrested for domestic violence it all started when Bobby spilled some Red wine (I think it was a 1988 Château Neuf Du Pape) on Momma’s brand new Berber white carpet. I think the lesson here is you don’t buy white carpet. Mrs Cox said Bobby pulled her hair…..are we sure this was violence……could have been 4play………!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 4th, 2010
9:37 am

Sid – The Queen didn’t sign off on the headline. Made sense to me and my uncle. NO comment on the Bobby Cox story. Think that could go either way. DV if you pull too hard? Foreplay if it’s a light tug?

wowzer

June 4th, 2010
10:01 am

Just another reason not to use poke on Facebook. It’ll haunt ya.

Sounds to me like they’d be better parted before she sets his tennis shoes on fire in the bathtub. Naah, that’s been done already.

Tallcrarl

June 4th, 2010
11:58 am

Paul Simon said it best, Fifty ways to leave your lover. I say the man always goes to jail find a way from the fifty ways and go. Good bye, my lawyer will call.

Section 108

June 4th, 2010
12:38 pm

I got busted hitting up on of my old flames on Facebook, and man was it nasty!

Lil' Ben

June 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

For just 5 more games he could have had public sex in a bathroom…………………

falconfan3411

June 4th, 2010
4:08 pm

Clip his wings and trade him.

falconfan3411

June 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Was the pen a Bic?

falconfan3411

June 4th, 2010
4:15 pm

COME ON SON!

Bluto

June 4th, 2010
5:03 pm

What if it was like 3 stairs? And she tried to stab him with a LASER pen? Huh? huh?