Atlanta Falcons: Michael Turner was leaving Magic City


Flowery Branch – Falcons running back Michael Turner, who was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with driving under the influence, apologized and was remorseful for his actions.

Click here for the news story from the police report. Turner was leaving renowned strip club Magic City when was arrested.

(Here’s a story on how the hard economic times have pushed more women to strip clubs.)

It was the second time in five seasons that a player was arrested in Gwinnett County after leaving a post-game celebration. Lawyer Milloy was arrested in a similar case in September of 2008.

“I’d like to apologize to Mr. Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I’m in right now,” Turner said. “It was a bad decision on my part.

Beverly (left) collects a tip while Marissa dances at Magic City. (Ben Gray/BGray@ajc.com)

Beverly (left) collects a tip while Marissa dances at Magic City. (Ben Gray/BGray@ajc.com)

I can’t say too much about it in detail right now. I’m just trying to move forward from here.”

The violation will lead to Turner entering the league’s substance abuse program as a first-time offender. If Turner doesn’t have any additional problems, he could eventually be dismissed from the program. If he has another alcohol related arrest, he could be suspended and face a fine from the league.

San Francisco linebacker Clark Haggans was suspended for three games for a 2011 DUI arrest after he pleaded guilty. He could have been suspended for up to six games.

Turner is expected to stay in the lineup while his case moves through the legal system.

“Nobody has told me that I’m not playing so, I’m just going to prepare like I am [playing,]” Turner said.

Turner is not sure why he didn’t call a driver or limo service to take him home. The league and team provide that service to players.

“Any time that you’re in a situation like this you don’t want this to happen,” Turner said. “You try to keep a clean slate throughout your whole life like everyone else. Unfortunately, this happened and I just have to move forward.”

Turner spoke with his father and then Falcons coach Mike Smith after the arrest.

“Disappointment,” Turner said was the tone of those talks. “I don’t think that anybody is more disappointed than myself. I just have to man up, talk to everybody and face it.

“I’m just taking it day by day. I’m around the guys right now and they are keeping me encouraged and telling me to keep my head up and take it day by day.”

He realizes that he made a mistake.

“It’s a tough situation,” Turner said. “You don’t want to disappoint anybody, family or friends, co-workers or anybody. It’s always tough.”

Turner doesn’t believe his has a drinking problem.

“I shouldn’t have been in this situation to begin with,” Turner said. “It’s tough.”

Turner rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries against Denver. He contends his play and the arrest were not related.

“I never really thought about it like that,” Turner said.

THE LATEST NEWS

Falcons improve to 2-0 with 27-21 win over Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos

Falcons running back Michael Turner charged with DUI

Cornerback Christopher Owens is in the concussion protocol

VIDEO: Matt Ryan discusses win over Denver

Secondary puts Peyton Manning back on his heels

OTHER RECENT POSTS

TV, Radio: Broncos vs. Falcons, 8:30 p.m. on MNF

INJURY REPORT: Weatherspoon, Clabo are questionable; Kuper out for Denver

Matt Bryant: The Alligator Whisperer

Brent Grimes out for the season

Video: What loss of Grimes means

Falcons offense makes it look easy

Still room for improvement in run game

Matt Ryan, Dirk Koetter form bond on and off the field

Get instant updates on Twitter at AJCFalcons and you can join the Facebook Fan page at AJC Falcons.

137 comments Add your comment

FalconsFan4Life

September 19th, 2012
1:53 pm

Just learn to HIT A HOLE and get more than -1 yards per carry… How do you get drunk after a hard fought late night game on a MONDAY… Game was over at 1am… Dude was pulled over drunk and speeding at 4am… WTH?! I just hope he doesn’t cost us the season with his lack of production. Hopefully we’ll upgrade next season…

FalconsFan4Life

September 19th, 2012
1:54 pm

I think if you had really played hard like everyone else did, he would’ve been too tired to go out and party… Dude does not produce, he’s got to go after this season!

fork

September 19th, 2012
1:57 pm

Stick me in Michael Turner.

Decon

September 19th, 2012
2:00 pm

Give the man a break, who doesn’t drink? He just got caught driving that’s all. Learn from it, move on. No big deal. He’s a grown man, let him move forward. It’s being blown out of proportion.

david

September 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

The thing is the NFL player have a 24 hour phone number to NFL security for a FREE ride home if they are to drunk to drive. No excuse.

Big Crimson 75

September 19th, 2012
2:06 pm

Stop badgering the guy.
Turner’s been a model Falcon for 5 years.
No off field issues whatsoever.
If he were playing better, all would be forgotten/forgiven.

Esquire

September 19th, 2012
2:07 pm

“Turner doesn’t believe his has a drinking problem.”

Well what the heck is it then………….???

Esquire

September 19th, 2012
2:10 pm

Like I’ve posted before……………he should be showcasing this year going into free agency. He needs to run like a MAN ON FIRE! But he’s running like he’s got cement in his shoes.

Falcon James

September 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Boo hoooo. He is sorry for getting caught, not because of his decisions. I would have liked to hear him say he would do anything it takes to right the ship and admit that a person who drinks and drives has a problem. I am sure he does not want admit too much because of legal ramnifications, but he will earn some respect by getting into counseling.

UPGRAYEDD

September 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

Marcus Lattimore. Back of the future.

And with TD’s predisposition to draft injured collegians, he’s got the inside track.

because you're mine

September 19th, 2012
2:18 pm

Rumor has it, Turner couldn’t walk a straight line.

In fact, he kept running into the back of it.

GDawg

September 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

Give him a break its not like he killed hundreds of dogs, everyone makes mistakes. The question is will he learn and move on I am sure that he will.

FalconFanInVt

September 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

“Turner is not sure why he didn’t call a driver or limo service to take him home. The league and team provide that service to players.”

Wish my job did that

Kurtis

September 19th, 2012
2:25 pm

He could have been convicted of DUI during the game — Dancing Under the Influence – for all that tip toeing and falling he was doing behind the line of scrimmage Monday night.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

You guys shouldn’t be picking on MT….afterall, look at the past years when he toted the load all game long for the Falcons…………….the man is getting worn down from all the punishment from all the carries like he had last year…………it is time one of these other running backs to get out there and show what they got to offer…………….

Atlanta is going to have to figure out a way to run that football sooner more than later……………………………………..

creative

September 19th, 2012
2:29 pm

Kurtis, That is solid dude.

SirReal

September 19th, 2012
2:33 pm

Funny how the hypocrits come out when stories like this come from the M.E.D.I.A. (Men Emitting Deception Into Airwaves). He’s human. Period. Let the man go through his own motions. No need to beat a dead horse. Some of you were probably drunk when you made your posts when it happened.lol Give the man respect for his service over the years.
Yeah Michael M….I think the punishment has taken its toll thats all. For some reason our line are no longer the good run blockers they used to be…but there does need to be more balance. As good as the passing game is right now…we cannot become one dimensional or it’ll be a long year…

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
2:35 pm

Amen Sir Real………………………………

No name

September 19th, 2012
2:37 pm

Kurtis, that was classic..too funny, ROFLMAO

Adam

September 19th, 2012
2:38 pm

I think this will be the wake-up call he needs to get his you-know-what in gear and start playing like the player he knows he can be. I can see him bouncing back in a very positive manner, both on and off the field.

[...] arrest early Tuesday morning around 5:08 am in Gwinnett County, GA, Michael Turner turned to the Atlanta Journal Constitution to apologize. Following the arrest Turner has to be entered into the leagues substance abuse [...]

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
2:42 pm

I betcha he turns it around and turns it up a notch too and then you will see all the ragging turn to pure praise for the guy………………………what yah say D-Led ????????????????????????????????

DAWG POUND

September 19th, 2012
2:53 pm

What’s hillarious is that th league provides these grown me with chauffers and limos and they fail to use it!

Like the ole saying goes… “You can lead a Jach@$$ to water but you can’t make it drink (no pun intended)!”

Falcon Fan

September 19th, 2012
2:54 pm

He knows he eff’d up..Might give the birds a chance to use other RB’s. We’ll see.

Kurtis

September 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

The only time he’s gonna “turn it around” is when we play a SORRY team, and then he’ll produce. The Falcons need him to produce every Sunday, no matter who they play. Franchise backs will get their yards and keeps drives going and move the chains for their team. He just needs to be gone. We already have no less than 3 running backs who can already give us exactly what we’re getting from Turner. Hell, give me the ball 5 times and I’ll gain 0, -1,0, 2 and 0 yards. And then it’s drinks for everybody!!!!!

Mike Franklin

September 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

Nobody’s perfect… even NFL running backs. No stone throwing here…

Paddy

September 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

Michael……apologize in private, not in the media, please.

MAC

September 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

Turner is one of the premier backs in the league. He will go BIG in free agency if the Falcons don’t sign. All of this piling on is juvenile. If this was Gonzales or Ryan would you all be piling on them too?

Seems to me he’s manning up from his dumb mistake and going to learn his lesson from it. That’s all you can ask after the fact and I wish him well.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

Coach Smitty…………………Kurtis says he will be ready to goooooooo on Sunday afternoon…………………make room for em on the jet…………………………….

FalconsFan4Life

September 19th, 2012
3:00 pm

I’m not knocking him at all for the DUI or Speeding though he could’ve killed someone including himself… I know it was a mistake, I’m just thinking is THIS the reason why he’s been ineffective the past couple years? I know he’s worn down from playing the game, but dude his HORRID when trying to get ONE FLIPPIN’ YARD on 3rd and short or goal line situations… It may be the OL but some of the blame MUST fall on Turner…

I hope he is not an addict and rises from this mistake, but he should’ve gotten a driver to take him home, plus, he JUST finished playing, obviously not hard enough since he went out and partied after a very hard fought game… I don’t know… We need an upgrade at RB anyway… After this year, he’s going to have to retire…

Yeah, he’s been a “good citizen” up until this and I think he’s still a good guy, but we all know, he’s done this before, just never got caught. Probably just bribed the officer or promised him good seats at the game in the past… LOL!

All I'm Saying Is....

September 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

Unlike most, I believe in “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” so I’m not going to pass judgment. I will say this, though: learn from your mistakes, Michael Turner, and don’t make them again. We all make mistakes and some don’t need to be made (i.e. driving drunk) in the first place but what’s done is done and now what’s most important is what you say and do afterwards. So far, you have said the right things. Now you need to actually walk the talk. In the meantime, say a prayer and thank your God and lucky stars that you didn’t crash or have an accident potentially hurting someone else. And then, open up your playbook and get your mind right as its back to football and you need to show San Diego what they have been missing since they let you walk!

LET’S GO FALCONS!

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

Now I could have an issue with him if it had been during the rush hour in Atlanta and him driving 97 mph down I-85 after drinking a few but in the very late wee hours of the morning…….get real……………………..come on mannnnnnnnnn

MikeP

September 19th, 2012
3:06 pm

Sad part about all this…I heard he blew a 1.8 His yards per carry? 1.5 …Ouch

Kurtis

September 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

Yep, thanks Michael. Kurtis’ final stats after Sundays game – 16 rushes, 11 yards, 0 TDs, 0 DUIs, 0 apology press conferences.

dna

September 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

He’s innocent until ‘proven’ guilty.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:09 pm

ha ! ha ! Kurtis……………………..

to real

September 19th, 2012
3:09 pm

I agree wit decon and sir real its was a bad choice he has to make better choices he got caught lets move forward ppl talk bad about how he runs but dis man has went ova 1000 yards every year he has been here but one which was tha 09 season when he missed games he is a big part of why we expect to win lets not forget we couldnt put together back to back wining seasons b4 09 its now 4 sh8 sum of dat credit goes to him he’s been a big part of wat we do up to dis ponit so get da heck off of dat man back

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:10 pm

no injuries Kurtis……………………lmao……………….

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:12 pm

I hope they didn’t video tape it for that Fox channel show called ” Cops “………………………..

Hamad Meander

September 19th, 2012
3:22 pm

Makes you wonder these things: 1. Where did he go to drink after 1am on a Monday night and was it that much fun? 2. Why don’t these guys get a hotel room for after the game celebrating instead of trying to drive 40 miles home? 3. Why does someone who has been drinking think going 97 MPH is a good way to not get pulled over?

Blake

September 19th, 2012
3:22 pm

Maybe this will light a fire under His butt for San Diego!

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

Said on the news he had been to a club and was heading home ……………………………………….

rivercard

September 19th, 2012
3:25 pm

Are the guys who can’t figure out where you go after 1:00 am on Monday really that sheltered?

Arno

September 19th, 2012
3:26 pm

He apologized for breaking the law, but not for putting anyone in danger. Try again, sir.

Earl

September 19th, 2012
3:30 pm

Please Please don’t play. Let someone play that will actually run into the line of scrimmage and not stop and wait for a huge hole to open.

Michael M.

September 19th, 2012
3:31 pm

Just think……………………… if they had played on Sunday afternoon………………………..then we would never had this episode happen most likely………………….goes to show , you never know what may be ahead around the curve or in this case over the hill on I-85………………………..

Earl

September 19th, 2012
3:34 pm

@ Decon. It is no big deal because he did not kill anyone from being drunk. And believe it or not, there are actually people who don’t drink. I have had my share and someone elses but it has been well over 20 years since I have had one.

The is written for a reason, but to think it is no bid deal and a bad mindset. Glad no one in mine or your family was killed.

FalconsFan4Life

September 19th, 2012
3:39 pm

Just use ALL this Mr. Turner to show up your old team on Sunday… You haven’t produced in TWO YEARS for this team… WE ALL KNOW IT!! You’re in a contract year and now probably your last year of football unless you can turn it around…starting SUNDAY!!!

inkspot

September 19th, 2012
3:49 pm

Michael Turner has been a reliable player who’s helped this Falcon team win a lot of games over the last few years. This guy signed a big contract 4 years ago and has EARNED HIS MONEY. He has been a bruising and very effective running back. Remember that play last year when he picked up Weems and threw him off the pile while still racking up an extra three or four yards? Turner averaged around 4.5 yards per carry last season!
So now he’s made a big mistake, but let’s put it in perspective. Let’s hope the man learns from his mistake. And then helps carry the Falcons to a Superbowl victory!!!!
So

Dirty Bird Fan

September 19th, 2012
3:56 pm

Ignore the jerks, Michael. You screwed up, you’ll deal with it and move on. There’s gonna be haters everywhere cause that’s what they do – they just hate and attack, when they probably have DUIs under their belts. Shake it off, we need you this year. Pay the fine, do the community service, learn your lesson, and keep on pounding that ball for Matty Ice and the boys. Shame on you haters.