FALCONS COACH MIKE SMITH ON TURNER’S ARREST
“First and foremost, anytime a player sheds negatively on our football team and our organization, we’re very disappointed. This is a legal matter that is very well defined on how we have to proceed through the league. We’ll let this process run its course. I want to emphasize that I’ve spoken with Michael we’ve had a conversation and like all conversations with my players, we like to keep those internally.
“He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that we made after the ball game last night.”
ON IF TURNER WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH HIS PLAY AND IF THAT LED TO HIS ARREST: You can’t speculate on that. Again, anytime a player sheds a negative light on our football team and our organization, we are disappointed. I can’t say any more than that.
There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement which is between the NFL and NFLPA. Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and can not do. If there is going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be the conversations that we have Michael and the conversations that we already had this morning.
WHAT ARE THE INTERNAL OPTIONS: I don’t want to discuss the internal options that we have. Again, it’s collectively bargained between the NFL and the NFLPA. This is a legal matter and it has to run its course and it will. I don’t think that it’s appropriate for me to talk anymore about it.
FALCONS RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT RB MICHAEL TURNER
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”