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

extremus

September 24th, 2012
9:03 pm

Wow, this isn’t just two arrests roughly a week apart for the Falcons; it’s two players who are among the “faces of the team” and obviously veterans who should know better.

I really hope whatever charges are filed against Abraham don’t cause him to have to miss any time or games played. As far as the incident goes, it may have simply been a case of his emotions running ahead of his better judgment in what seems to have been a scary and tense situation; it’s for the court system to sort those details out. But you need to obey what the police tell you if they feel your presence might complicate it further; that goes without saying.

phil

September 24th, 2012
9:03 pm

Bobby = idiot…..

jimmy

September 24th, 2012
9:03 pm

Blacks had cops telling them what do. They do not respect authority at all.

phil

September 24th, 2012
9:04 pm

Jimmy = bigger idiot.

dave

September 24th, 2012
9:04 pm

So nice to live in a Republican, police state. Prisons are about the only growth industry down here. How pathetic.

Art Let a Fart!

September 24th, 2012
9:05 pm

RISE UP AT! LANTA!

dave

September 24th, 2012
9:05 pm

So nice to live in a Republican, police state. Prisons are about the only growth industry down here. How pathetic is that?

jimmy

September 24th, 2012
9:06 pm

Love how blacks blame everyone but themselves. See why they vote Obama now.

Dirty.Bird.Nation

September 24th, 2012
9:06 pm

I jus want someone to explain to me why he went to jail for not wanting to leave the scene. Its not like he was hurting anybody

ray

September 24th, 2012
9:07 pm

it’s the man holding them down. Cops fault, white man’s fault

Coach T

September 24th, 2012
9:07 pm

I got cited for obstruction once….but not arrested…..won the case in court. Exonerated.
Maybe John gets exonerated too. Hope so.

FALCONHAWKBRAVE

September 24th, 2012
9:07 pm

Yall judgin him n tryna act like she innocent becuz u in a fairy tale mindframe ….suppose she was trying him bout $$ or all kinda scenarios women chasing moneymakers …cmon stop jumpin conclusions ..fareal…fool

Really?

September 24th, 2012
9:07 pm

@Flabergasted…So I guess no one that pays taxes should ever get arrested?

tyler

September 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

Why are there in so many people that want to jump on cops anytime there’s a story about someone getting arrested? We really don’t know too much about what happened at this point. Maybe Abe was being a dumbass and deserved it. Maybe it was a big misunderstanding. Who knows right now? Are the cops supposed to leave him alone because he plays football? When your first reaction is to call police officers ignorant and accuse Georgia of being a “police state” it makes me think YOU’RE the ignorant one.

The Big Fat Blogger

September 24th, 2012
9:09 pm

Ummm….. What is it about Monday’s????? First the Braves could not dream of a win on Monday’s, now the Falcons can’t seem to stay out of the negative side of the headlines on Monday’s…. Coach Smith, it might be time to instill a Sunday Night/Monday curfew…. I know they are grown man and this probably isn’t possible, but I want to see a Superbowl victory in this city in my lifetime dammit!!!!!

Coach T

September 24th, 2012
9:10 pm

Could we just have all the guys stay in a dormitory till the season is over?

Jamal

September 24th, 2012
9:11 pm

@curb stomp

It be yo culture!

@bobby

See above!

Gomer Pyle

September 24th, 2012
9:12 pm

Citizens arrest. Citizens arrest .

Ashley

September 24th, 2012
9:13 pm

It’s only because he’s a caring person. I probably wanted to make sure she was okay.

nobody

September 24th, 2012
9:14 pm

Back when I moved to Atlantic Station someone told me Abraham lived in one of the highrises in AS off of 85. It doesnt mention it here, but it was probably his building and he just wanted to get to his apartment

bucket

September 24th, 2012
9:15 pm

It appears to me that none of us know enough about this story to comment intelligently about it right now. Alot of the comments so far proves my point! Let’s let this thing play out before we call Abraham a “thug” or assume we live in a “police state”.

Ricnic

September 24th, 2012
9:16 pm

I say why not blame it on the new refs…. lol

Roger

September 24th, 2012
9:16 pm

Well, a lot of people in really low profile jobs manage to go their entire life without getting arrested for anything. Seems like these multi-millionaire athletes could possibly at least get through a football season.

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September 24th, 2012
9:16 pm

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CAJ

September 24th, 2012
9:17 pm

Could have been someone close to him? Who goes to Atlantic Station alone, especially on a Monday?

phil

September 24th, 2012
9:17 pm

Most all of you = morons.

the silverman

September 24th, 2012
9:18 pm

Is it too much to assume the jumper was a Saints fan?

Mattie Patterson

September 24th, 2012
9:18 pm

WTF? Rothlisberger is not arrested or charged with sexual battery, after multiple accusation(?), but this man is charged with trespass, interference with law enforcement, etc. and you bush league fans are on his case w/o ever knowing why he was at the scene?

sc

September 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

Ghengis Fong ……. u would know lmao….u know me and him rt! He is a friend of mine Sir. I dont have to lie he is human just like the rest of us and if you have been to atl or sc (which is whr he is from) you can run into him a lot of places. But I wouldn’t know that cause u know everything about him or me….lol like I said People GET UR LIFE! Focus on ur flaws …

GOODAY!!!! ——-If you KNOW John …..u know About this!!!!!!! Idiot

nobody

September 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

Back when I moved to Atlantic Station someone told me Abraham lived in one of the highrises in AS off of 85. It doesnt mention it here, but it was probably his building and he just wanted to get to his apartment..

ray

September 24th, 2012
9:20 pm

Mattie, who said anything or took up for Ben on this thread?

Are you kidding?

September 24th, 2012
9:21 pm

She thought she was a Falcon….

Really?

September 24th, 2012
9:21 pm

We don’t have the full story yet but never underestimate cops ability to overreact. Except for cops in alabama who are paid well to under react as long as you play for saban. Here is the breakdown on those who decide to become cops.

45% were bullies in high school and want to continue.
45% were bullied in high school and want to get even with everyone.
05% want to use the badge to steal and shake down people.
05% want to actually help people.

The last 5% usually become very cynical about the job and quit.

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Well. look at it this way……………………..Falcons are kickin everybody’s butt now so maybe the only way the Team will be beaten is by the players sometimes not thinking and beating their own selves by getting into things outside of Football……………………..of course we don’t know the whole story but it might not be as bad as it sounds…………you never know, it could have been a member of his family up their for what we have to go on……………….Coach Smith does need to address these issues off the football team though.

Rise up Atlanta Falcons ! ! ! !

Phil's ex wife

September 24th, 2012
9:23 pm

Phil = enter your comments here

sc

September 24th, 2012
9:24 pm

excuse me……correction

GOOD DAY!!!! @Ghengis Fong

sc

September 24th, 2012
9:26 pm

@nobody….could be…. he does own a few of the condos in one of those buildings. He may have know her

jimmie

September 24th, 2012
9:27 pm

aa’s plus anything = thuggey

jimmie

September 24th, 2012
9:27 pm

a thug will always be a thug

Happy

September 24th, 2012
9:28 pm

He lives at the 12 more than likely where she was trying to jump from maybe he was just trying to get inside to his condo. But then again there is more than 1 entrance.

matt

September 24th, 2012
9:28 pm

This will get thrown out. I’m sure he was just trying to help. The cops must not have know it was father Abraham.

Beezy

September 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

@Mike so true bunch of hating going on in here

Drew

September 24th, 2012
9:32 pm

He probably knew the jumper. If that is the case, anybody would do the same thing.

BobDawg

September 24th, 2012
9:32 pm

Hopefully he was trying to help out and just got in the way?!

outonleave

September 24th, 2012
9:34 pm

Nobody has any idea what Abraham’s motivation was, based on this breaking article, but everyone has an opinion to shout. These comments say a lot about their authors and not much about anything else.

[...] The news comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Michael Cunningham: [...]

Jasonsmith

September 24th, 2012
9:37 pm

I know him. We are best friends! He was drunk and waiting on Michael Turner to pick him up.

Really ?

September 24th, 2012
9:38 pm

hbcu, hahaha quit telling jokes, we’re trying to talk about real issues here.lol

T

September 24th, 2012
9:38 pm

Getting arrested isn’t good, but we don’t even know what happened yet. This doesn’t sound too bad at all. People need to stop freaking out. Sounds mostly like he was worried about someone he knew trying to jump and wouldn’t listen to the cops telling him to let them handle it.

bigmikeat

September 24th, 2012
9:42 pm

Sigh I love how we keep mentioning police state, yet the article clearly explains that it was actually the firefighters that were being obstructed and not the police. The police were not even involved until the firefighters couldn’t get him to stand outside of the tape. His charges are both obstruction of firefighters and police. God bless our firefighets and cops everywehre across America, you’re both under appreciated.