UPDATE: Coach Mike Smith addresses Abraham’s arrest

Police arrest Falcons defense end John Abraham. (Photo: Special to the AJC.)

Atlanta police arrest Falcons defense end John Abraham. (Photo: Special to the AJC.)

UPDATED

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith addressed the arrest of defensive end John Abraham on Tuesday.

“Anytime anyone in our organization shows up negatively in the paper we are very disappointed as an organization,” Smith said. “There are certain policies and procedures that we have to follow in terms of the NFL and this is a legal process and we’re going to let the legal process and run its course.”

Smith would not say if Abraham will be disciplined and added that he expected him to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

“Our discipline policies are something that we keep internally,” Smith said. “There are certain guidelines that are set by the NFL and NFLPA that were collectively bargained. Anything that we do, we’ll keep that internally.”

Abraham was the second player arrested over the past week. Running back Michael Turner was arrested for driving under the influence after the Denver Broncos game. He was started and played the entire game against San Diego.

“Anytime that there’s something negative, there is cause for concern internally whether if it happens once or every five years or every six months are once a week,” Smith said.  “There are areas of concerned. We are very disappointed, but we’ve got to prepare for our next opponent and that’s the Carolina Panthers.”

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Atlanta police arrested Falcons defensive end John Abraham tonight at Atlantic Station in Midtown.

John Chafee of the APD’s Public Affairs Unit said were responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump from one of the buildings when Abraham refused to exit the scene. Chafee said police charged Abraham with obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters.

Chafee said the charges are misdemeanors and Abraham was booked at the Fulton County Jail.

Abraham's APD booking photo.

Abraham's APD booking photo.

Abraham did not respond to an email message and his agent, Rich Rosa, did not immediately return a message left on his voicemail. A Falcons spokesman also did not return a phone message.

“We are aware of the news regarding John Abraham,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and we will have no further comment at this time.”

Chafee said the woman, who did not jump and was uninjured, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

According to a copy of the police report provided by Chafee, officers moved people away from the scene and put up crime scene tape to restrict onlookers from the area. The police report said Abraham entered the restricted area and was confronted by a firefighter who “repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene.”

Nearby officers then responded and ordered Abraham to leave, according to the police report. The report says Abraham “refused and insisted on continuing [farther] into the scene” at which point police arrested him.

Abraham is the second Falcons player to be arrested in the past week.

Gwinett County police arrested running back Michael Turner early last Tuesday on charges of DUI and speeding. Turner later apologized to the Falcons and the team’s fans for what he called a “bad decision on my part.”


564 comments Add your comment

[...] to several media outlets including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a woman was threatening to jump off the 26-story Twelve luxury suite hotel at the mixed-use [...]

Ken

September 25th, 2012
1:22 pm

@Falcon James!! Good one!! LOL!!!

[...] to several media outlets including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a woman was threatening to jump off the 26-story Twelve luxury suite hotel at the mixed-use [...]

MattyICEquit getting arrested falcons

September 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

I am getting tired of seeing Atlanta police officers arrest our star players. I don’t care if no one agrees with my opinion on these matters, but what kind of city looks to arrest our own players and cause such a stir and possible suspensions. Are these cops all bitter Saints fans or something? Cut some slack, quit arresting our own players! Makes me sick

Samuel

September 25th, 2012
1:28 pm

This to shall pass…………..

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:36 pm

Weekly Power Rankings…………………Look at our Birds !

11
Houston Texans
3-0 13 - 416
21
Atlanta Falcons
3-0 - - 396
32
San Francisco 49ers
2-1 - - 379
42
Baltimore Ravens
2-1 - - 374
54
New York Giants
2-1 - - 362
68
Arizona Cardinals
3-0 - - 361
7
New England Patriots
1-2 - - 329
84
Green Bay Packers
1-2 - - 309
97
Seattle Seahawks
2-1 - - 294
105
Philadelphia Eagles
2-1 - - 285

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:37 pm

Number two on the rank !

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:40 pm

Over 75 percent of 3-0 teams make the playoffs, and 21.6 percent of them make the Super Bowl

Mingo

September 25th, 2012
1:41 pm

Millions of dollars a year and you can’t wear a hat right?
At least Michael T had nice Khakis on!
Gimme a break….you will see that Ole Abe was in that room earlier when this all shakes out, wait and see.

Hollywould

September 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

Ray Edwards should be arrested for impersonating a football player.

Glenn Richardson

September 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

I feel your pain John. I want my mommy!

Bobby Petrino

September 25th, 2012
1:43 pm

Hey John, know of any job openings?

MeaneyMouse

September 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

HEYYYYYYY YOU DANGED WOOD CHUCKS STOP CHUCKING MY WOOD!!

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:56 pm

Get over the Arrest BS…………………………the Falcons are rolling ……………….thats all that matters !

Esquire

September 25th, 2012
2:01 pm

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:18 pm

This is the REAL STORY……………………………………………………
ATLANTA 38 —-CAROLINA 17

Atlanta 4 – 0
Tampa 1 – 3
Carolina 1 – 3
NO 0 – 4
__________________________________________
That number on Atlanta’s score is probably just about right. But the Carolina points will be 14 or less. As far as the Caints going to Green Bay they should save the airfare and concede. The Pack is gonna open up a can of whup ass on that defenseless defense.

kay-cee

September 25th, 2012
2:07 pm

Problem is these birds are winning….
they don’t know what to do after a win…
Some one please help them before they all wind up in jail!!!!
GO FALCONS….STAY FOCUSED.

Peerless Price

September 25th, 2012
2:12 pm

I’m disappointed because Abraham is a multi millionaire athlete, and he is wearing his hat like he is from Clayton County. If you dress like a king…you get treated like a king.

Peerless Price

September 25th, 2012
2:14 pm

Meanwhile Matt Ryan probably went to bed at 8pm, and was back up at 5am tending to his Gardenias.

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:27 pm

The Pack is gonna open up a can of whup ass on that defenseless defense.
………………………………………..ha ! ha ! ha !………………………. you aint kiddin……….lmao……….

Dirty Bird in Cali

September 25th, 2012
2:29 pm

I just wanna know where SeenThisB4 is….I’m just sayin

[...] to several media outlets including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a woman was threatening to jump off the 26-story Twelve luxury suite hotel at the mixed-useArticle [...]

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:32 pm

Seen This B 4 is doing exxxxxxxactly what he said I would be doin………………..” On those knees, with his face in his hands, cryin the tears…………………………yeah, said that before the Season started………………………………………….

Joey

September 25th, 2012
2:33 pm

Misdemeaners.

What a non-story . . .

kellfan5

September 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

gonna laugh so hard if Carolina wins this game..not likely but their better on offense than theyve showed so far this year.their D really is that bad though. i saw Falcants 35 Panthers 24…but dont worry its not playoff time yet.we all know what will happen when that time comes.one and done

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

Keep those hankys handy Seenthisbzip………………………………………………………………………………………..

Packers 45 – Caints 16

HardHat

September 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

The woman must have been wearing a dress on that ledge. Since the Falcons are 3-0 John just thought eveyone and everything in the city was looking up so he was just getting closer to look up ! After dressing in the locker room next to Edwards and Jerrry you would look up too !

Joey

September 25th, 2012
2:35 pm

Anybody miss that “Choke” doofus?

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:36 pm

The Panthers couldn’t beat the Falcons even if the Cops handcuffed all the Falcons Players before the game……………………………………………

Gatorzone

September 25th, 2012
2:37 pm

My My, Look at the self righteous southerners come out…. How typical… You would think he got busted for a drive by shooting…
Get off of your high horse already…

AUTOMATIC WEAPONS

September 25th, 2012
2:38 pm

OBVIOUSLY RACIST COPS…… GO OBAMA!!! LOL

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:39 pm

You got that one right , head onnnnnnnnnnnnn, Joey ! ! ! !

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:40 pm

Choke is ………………..Doofus the Goofus with his retarded ways………………..hey Choke. I am pickin on YOU……………………………………

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
2:53 pm

Ryan’s eight touchdowns are tied for the league lead with Roethlisberger and Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick.

His QB rating of 114 is also tops in the league. Ryan leads an offense that is scoring 31.3 points per game, tied for third in the NFL.

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
3:12 pm

SirReal

September 25th, 2012
3:24 pm

@Michael M. LOL LOL I bet!!
@Kingdaddy They’ll be 50 cents after Sunday!!!!!

Dawgfish

September 25th, 2012
3:32 pm

I heard the women was Reggie Ball dressed in drag!!!

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
3:35 pm

For all we know, it may have been SeenthisB4 dressed in the usual ” Drag Queen ” outfit known to wear when on here posting……………………………………..heck, that woman wasn’t jumping no more than I would jump off my back porch………………………..lmao

Dawg Fanb

September 25th, 2012
3:36 pm

I have been told by cops to leave a scene before and I did it…..didn’t get arrested. But I’m sure it was because the cops were racist, we live in a police state, ploice brutality was rampant…..give me a break idiots.

Preston Thompson

September 25th, 2012
3:39 pm

When ya got a droopy eyed fellow that from the looks of his cap, don’t know the difference between front and back. He must walk like a fiddler crab. Such a stupid thing to do. Ya think Blank will push him around in a wheel chair.

Gonna be a good game come Sunday.

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
3:41 pm

Well , we have learned one thing………………..the only ones beating the Falcons so far……………….are the Coppers ……………………………………………

onlooker

September 25th, 2012
3:44 pm

he the baby daddy—-he the baby daddy—he the baby daddy

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
3:50 pm

no , what it was, Big Abe couldn’t take it no more that Michael Turner was the ” attention getter ” all week so there you have it………………………………………………..

Carly Simon

September 25th, 2012
3:55 pm

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…

Carly Simon

September 25th, 2012
3:56 pm

Just another manic Monday…

Carly Simon

September 25th, 2012
3:57 pm

I don’t like Mondays…

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

Week 3 highlights……………..

Coppers 2 Falcons 0

Ken

September 25th, 2012
4:21 pm

Time for a team meeting!! These alcohol related incidents can be prevented!! Gotta give Abe credit though he was walking home and not driving.

P B Orr

September 25th, 2012
4:44 pm

Just as I stated, the fat bacon products and their firebug friends were just pushing everyone around for the thrill of doing so. Abraham did absolutely nothing wrong. He was trying to get into his condo.

Gladys

September 25th, 2012
4:53 pm

It doesn’t matter. If a Firefighter or Policeman asks you to leave you do as you are told. End of Story. Does no one respect anything any more???

SW Atlanta

September 25th, 2012
5:04 pm

WHAH, the cops don’t come to our neighborhood when we call. WHAH the cops arrest people when they interfere, WHAH cops are racists. My guess is that its a good chance the cops and firefighters were black. Now where is your argument. How about don’t live with people that cause this drama. Trash, black, white, blue, etc