Babineaux suspended for one game by the NFL

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will miss the season opener against Pittsburgh. (Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com)

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will miss the season opener against Pittsburgh. (Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was suspended for one game by the league office on Tuesday for violating the NFL’s policy and program for substance abuse.

Babineaux was also fined an additional game check. He will miss the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be eligible to return to the team on Sept. 13.

He will be allowed to practice with the team and play in all of the exhibition games before his suspension takes affect on Sept. 4.

Babineaux reached  plea deal and avoided jail time in a drug related case on July 14.

Babineaux’s felony charge of marijuana possession was reduced in Gwinnett County Court to three misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, according to his agent Jack Bechta and his attorney Patrick McDonough.

Bechta, in an e-mail to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said Babineaux pled no contest and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a $1,500 fine on one count. The other two counts were suspended and will not be prosecuted if Babineaux completes the probation.

“He pleaded no contest, was direct, forthcoming and cooperative with the DA’s office,” Bechta said. “Jon, told me that he ‘was embarrassed’ by the incident, it was a bad decision and that he will become a better person for it. He said he will accept the consequences, move on and that he’s ready to focus on the season.”

Babineaux is believed to be a first time offender under the league’s substance abuse policy.

Babineaux was arrested in December on charges of possession of marijuana during a routine traffic stop.

Babineaux, 28, was with another man, 25-year-old Aaron Robinson of Minneapolis, who also was arrested. Robinson was charged with possession of marijuana, a felony.

Gwinnett Police originally stated both men would be charged with intent to distribute, but later released a statement clarifying the charges. Babineaux and Robinson were charged with possessing more than an ounce of marijuana, but not with intent to distribute. The charges are still felonies.

Babineaux and Robinson were stopped as they drove north on I-85 in Babineaux’s 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT.

“It’s cut and dry,” Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli told the AJC. “He was stopped for a traffic violation.”

Schiralli said the officer searched the SUV because he smelled marijuana. The officer found three bags containing a total of 40 grams of marijuana, Schiralli said.

In addition to the possession charges, Babineaux is charged with having no tag light and driving without a license and with an expired tag. He also was charged with tinting his car windows too much.

The Falcons drafted Babineaux in the second round out of Iowa in 2005.

He signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension with the team in November 2008. One game check for his $2.2 million base salary is $275,000.

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Joe Tess Fish House

August 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

Joe Tess Fish House

August 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

I meant first

Joe Tess Fish House

August 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Off topic…..Since Farve is retiring, why not sign him to a 1 day contract so he can retire as a Falcon, the team that gave him his start.

N.B.

August 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

2nd

Hopefully the birds won’t be

DebDoes

August 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

260K fine (one game check)….that’s more than the avg Atlantian pays for a home…..so, I think he should have to provide at least ‘one home’ for a single mom and her kids in retribution…..anyone else think this is a good fine for him?????

chichci

August 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Good we need him on the field one game isn’t so bad.

The Ghost of Norm Van Brocklin

August 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Slap on the wrist. And with role models like that, we wonder why today’s kids are out of control.

With one side of our mouth, we curse the drug cartel violence in Mexico. With the other side of our mouth, we inhale.

Where there is a demand, there will always be a supply.

As long as we use drugs, Mexican drug lords will supply.

JROLL1

August 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

DID HE EVER GET A LICENSE AND TAG?

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PMC

August 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Cool, it’s just one game. Everybody gets one Masoli.

obamamamadrama

August 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

@DebDoes

I think this single mom you are speking of should have made better decisions in life and not need handouts for a nice life.

Just sayin’

Wanda

August 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

DebDoes: I think that would be a great idea.

Falcons Fan

August 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Hey Joe Tess Fish House – The Green Bay Packers gave Brett his start. He only played in 2 total games as an Atlanta Falcon before he was traded. Jerry Glanville could not stand the dude.

Jennifer

August 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

“And with role models like that, we wonder why today’s kids are out of control.” Really? You really think that? Because kids are out of control because their parents aren’t being parents. Not because Babineaux smokes pot.

PMC

August 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

It is kind of ridulous though that grown people have to be told to behave legally. It’s a free society folks… that requires a tiny bit of responsibility. It’s not hard to buy a car tag, or purchase the adequate amount of insurance… what have you. Especially when you are paid like they are.

Come on Babs. Do better from here on out. We’re counting on you!

ctfalconsfan

August 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

DebDoes

August 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm
260K fine (one game check)….that’s more than the avg Atlantian pays for a home…..so, I think he should have to provide at least ‘one home’ for a single mom and her kids in retribution…..anyone else think this is a good fine for him?????
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DebDoes – I really like this idea!!!!

Remember he’s suspended 1 game but he was also fined another which would be two games totalling 520k. That could buy 4?5 low income houses..

Why not have the money go to some good use but I’m sure the league and players have that money all split up..

gdg73

August 3rd, 2010
4:30 pm

amen jennifer!!

ctfalconsfan

August 3rd, 2010
4:30 pm

Farve was a punk in Atlanta. Showing up late, drunk. He missed the team picture that season.
That guy was going nowhere here in ATL but to AA but obviously not much to do in GB but play football so he settled down..

???

August 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

People, it was just weed. It’s not a big deal. That stuff grows in the ground, you know.

I personally am not a fan and most people probably aren’t, but why again is the funk a big deal? Silly. Let the man play. What he does in his spare time is none of our business. He paid his fine and got in trouble with the law, but you know God-Dell has to throw his weight around.

PMC

August 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

I think the league fines go directly to NFL charities. Probably quite a bit to the United Way.

Kapoonka

August 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Why don’t jock’s take the time to register vehicles and such? Riding dirty is stupid enough, but when you contribute to the problem by basically throwing up a middle finger to the law by driving with expired tags and blacked out windows then you deserve whatever happens. I just can’t comprehend his level of stupidity. Let me think…if I made 260K per game..would I smoke..ride around with an ounce and half of weed….in a ride with expired tags.??? Heck NO!!!!! Bab better get his act together. First the dog incident and now this..he got off easy. What would he do if he couldn’t play football? Doubt he would make in 5 years what he’s making for one game. Why risk the long term security for some juvenile crap you should have put behind you? Grow up dude!!!!! Some folks just don’t know whe they have it good.

KD

August 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

A-MEN FRED A-MEN

Falcon Devil

August 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Legalize it!!! We live in a free country where I should be free to drink alcohol, bungy jump, smoke plants (tobacco or hemp), and do any other activity legally that doesn’t directly hurt or endanger anyone else.

Bugman

August 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

I’m with DEBDOES!

Roge

August 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Had it been someone other than a pro we would be in jail for the rest of our lives.
Why can’t they be looked at as the rest of the country?

Idiots!!!

August 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

tim

August 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

Now we know he’s a dog killer and a druggie. What else you got Babineaux ??? You’re a loser! Break a leg please.

Mr. Magoo

August 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

If he is suspended for one game (Pittsburg) I would assume he would not get paid for that game. If he is fined “an additional game check”, does that mean he missed one game and two checks?

Paddy

August 3rd, 2010
4:41 pm

Debdoes…great idea only if you let habitat for humanity pick the home owner. You have to be nealrly a saint to get a house from those folks. They fined out if you are a responsible member of the community, willing and able to contribute, if not, no home for you.

FALCONS SORRY

August 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

GOTDAM!! CAINT NOODLE ARM KEEP HIS BOYZ OUTTA JALE???? HE SHUR KEEPS DA FALCANS OUTTA THE N ZONE!!! HAW HAW HAW HALE NAW!!!

33TheBurner33

August 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

looks like corey peters will see the field in the first game of the season

Falcon Devil

August 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Won’t take long to see if Peria Jerry is back to full strength

Mark

August 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

@obamamamadrama…………Who Cares what you think…..Just sayin’

Jack in Macon

August 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

That was some expensive weed….

ThePriceisWrongBitch!

August 3rd, 2010
4:49 pm

WOW!

I wonder if the Gwinnett County Police would lower those charges for me! Haha! Over an once of pot and driving with no license and an expired tag!

What a crock! I’m glad he got off easy for the Falcons sake, but the preferential treatment is BS!!!!!!!

BEZERKO

August 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

I was really surprised, compared to the current commissioners penalties for other players in the league, it is a slap on the wrist. I am glad it is only one game. I think the defense is going to be brutal this year. Other teams are in for a shock at how hard it is going to be to move the ball this year.

Tychus Findlay

August 3rd, 2010
4:53 pm

That’s BS. 40 grams is an ounce and a half- that’s a $hitload of weed!

BEZERKO

August 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Another thing, I wonder what Goddell’s thoughts are on the nations marijuana laws. I think they’re insane. I heard once that the cotton industry, a long time ago, fought for stiff laws against hemp and marijuana because they feared the competition. If I ever get in front of an impaired driver, I hope he’s impaired by marijuana and not alcohol. The whole thing makes no sense to me.

Gwinnett Fred

August 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

DANG Falcons Sorry – don’t be so hard on your boy Vick!!!!

jay

August 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

@obamamamadrama

What if the single Mom is a widow?

Jennifer

August 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Bezerko, what you read is just the tip of the iceburg as to why it’s illegal.

As for him not having a license or tag, that’s just plain stupid. Here’s a hint: if you’re going to be driving around with weed in your car at least make sure your car is legal. lol Especially when driving in Gwinnett!

FALCONS SORRY

August 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

HAW HAW I LIEK YA STILE JENIFFER U GOTTA BOYFREND?? HINT HINT

Einsteindawg

August 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

Jennifer…right on! You sound like a good parent and thank you. All of this is just part of today’s culture. No one wants to take responsibility or be responsible. If Babby had a “real job”, this would be grounds for dismissal.

Jennifer

August 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

And one more thing: Smoking pot doesn’t make you a druggie. That’s just an absurd parallel.

ThePriceisWrongBitch!

August 3rd, 2010
5:13 pm

Whoa! I just noticed this writer’s pic up at the top of the page. Is that really a bow tie? LOL

BEZERKO

August 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

Jennifer, I forgot about the liscense thing. Yeah, I would have stiffened the penalty just because of his stupidity.

Jennifer

August 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

Oh my god. It’s called sarcasm, Aaron. S-A-R-C-A-S-M. Holy hell.

Falconidae

August 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Price is wrong- he didn’t get preferential treatment- probation is what all first time offenders get, he actually got treated exactly like everyone else.

Tychus- an oz and a half isn’t that much pot. Nate Newton with 137 lbs of pot- that’s a lot.

Glad it’s only one game- and hopefully, he learns from his very expensive mistake.

Stara Blapman

August 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

expired tag, no drivers license, traffic violation, lights out on vehicle, illegal tinting, and transporting illegal drugs. you say he graduated from college? wonder what his major was?

Jennifer

August 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Sounds like a UGA grad.