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.)


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.”


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

Tom in Marietta

September 26th, 2012
11:55 am

Dear OedipusTax- You’re the example I was looking for when I made that post. You don’t know what you are talking about. You can’t get oxycodone legally if you smoke pot. I don’t smoke it for that reason but I would if it were legal. It has been shown to be the last defense against pain when someone is dying of cancer. Maybe take the time to study the real issue here. Pot is just not as dangerous as you would think and oxy is more dangerous than you think. It’s not a revelation, it’s a scientific fact which is why you must be confused. Please study and blog intelligently. Abe was drinking and unfortunately lots of bad things happen when you lose your mind. Thanks Steve for understanding the real issue. Let us vote!

Voice of Reason

September 26th, 2012
11:57 am

Obstruction? That’s in the same category as jaywalking. That’s not a crime, that’s just ignoring a cop ordering you to do something. I don’t blame Abraham one bit. With the way cops act nowdays, they probably gave him attitude right from the get-go. No excuse for Turner though. He needs to be sentenced to many, many hours of community service working with children. IMO

Tom in Marietta

September 26th, 2012
12:03 pm

@VOR – Right on! Turner should pay with service!

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September 26th, 2012
12:06 pm

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September 26th, 2012
5:24 pm

@Tom – you inisidious egotistic bimbo. I was smoking dope before you were born, clown. Get your head out of that bong before you lose every brain cell you have. This blog was about Abraham, not YOU! Sooner or later, one looks at childrens’ behaviors and if one wants to become an adult, they leave “feel good” crutches and short cuts behind. And you come up with that self-serving cancer bit. I’m sure you’re smoking that bong for medical reasons. Yeah, right. When you show up at NA, or at the undertakers, maybe your big ego will finally get what’s coming to it.

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Tom in Marietta

September 26th, 2012
10:22 pm

@ Oedipus – No bong here brother and I willing to lay some coin on the fact that I smoked that stuff before you. Maybe not…but only if you 62 or older. Pot is a drug my friend with cancer is allowed to use (in CO) and I’m tired of being told what to take and what not to! This blog is just that…a blooooooggggg. Say what you want…you can’t control this you freaky freak. I live in America and I can blog about anything I damn well please. Stop throwing blame and accusations around…you’re starting to sound like the politicians in GA. Just because you are one nut short of a set…maybe that stuff didn’t do you right…but my friend totally disagrees and I’ll trust him over a blogger anyday. BTW- I’ll smoke it when I want! HE HE HA HA HO HO Drug test for pro football players should be required!

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September 27th, 2012
11:55 am

WhateverEnter your comments here

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Tom in Marietta

September 29th, 2012
2:01 am

Esta semana, a su vez John Abraham a pasar la noche en la cárcel por negarse a abandonar la escena del suicidio o lo que sea. Es todavía un poco débil, si usted me pregunta. Son rojas, blancas

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