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

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
10:49 pm

Falcons are nationally irrelevant. That is all…

ringo

September 24th, 2012
10:50 pm

Why everytime something happens to a black persons we jump to conclusions? But when the player is white and play for the braves it is lets let the legal system do there job? I am just saying

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
10:52 pm

@afriend: Why do I feel that you were snapping your fingers and rolling your neck as you typed that? Get it girlfriend! “Don’t be hatin!”

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Matt Ryan would never get arrested…I have a sneaky feeling he respects authority.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
10:56 pm

I guarantee: The story will be that the woman was distraught over John cheating/or trying to end the relationship. So what’s a girl to do? Threaten to kill herself so that John will take her back…you heard it here first!

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
10:57 pm

ha ! ha ! Matt Ryan is the authority……………………………………………..

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
10:58 pm

I swear every time a black person is mentioned someone always starts talking about “the hood” and “ghetto” and all this other stuff. Seriously it’s getting old. John Abraham is A LOT better off then you people commenting and he is no where near the hood.

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
10:58 pm

or on drugs ?

Strange Murphy

September 24th, 2012
10:58 pm

Mark Richt has lost control of this team.

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:00 pm

And it sounds like he knew this girl personally and was trying to help

Jerome

September 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

The people talking negative about Abe and this situation are probably Saints fans that have nothing to talk about….wait a minute, they are gonna have the 1st pick in the draft!!!!

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:03 pm

@concerned
Very true…he is a giant human that plays a child’s game for millions of dollars a year. Now answer this…why in tarnation is a multi-millionaire getting arrested? I guess money can’t buy class…

Glad it wasn't Michael Jenkins

September 24th, 2012
11:04 pm

He’d yell: “Jump, I’ll catch you” and then she’d jump and go right through his hands.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:05 pm

@Jerome
If Abe played for the Saints, you would be rejoicing…hypocrite much?

Sean Payton

September 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

I confess, It was me disguised as a woman about to jump….I love you Drew.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Roddy White would have “pushed her off” the balcony…too soon?

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:07 pm

Give Big Abe an ” unsportsmanlike conduct ” penalty………………..charge it to the Falcons offense on their first series and they will still move the ball down the field and score a Touchdown against the Panthers……………………………………..

Jerome

September 24th, 2012
11:07 pm

@ Peerless Price
You damn right I would be.

Chris Redman

September 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

No guys it was me in drag. Abe was just trying to talk me down…no team will sign me!!!

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

@Peerless Price. It sounds like he got arrested for trying to help a women he knew NOT kill herself! If thats not class what is? Helping people in distress. Anyone would have done the same thing, Especially if you personally knew them!

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Abraham and Turner’s speed will be affected by their ankle monitor bracelets.

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

he makes a good mug shot………………..indeed

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:11 pm

@Concerned
Very true. But the professionals are there now, let them handle it. Abe sacks Qb’s for a living…he is not trained to handle life or death situations.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:12 pm

Agreed. Nice earrings…

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:12 pm

At the rate we going………………..we gonna have the whole Team in the Mugs Book or in that Bad and Busted magazine………………………………………………………

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:14 pm

Asante Said they was going to be mean since he got here………………………lmao

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:14 pm

@Peerless Prive, maybe not but if he knew her personally he might have known what to say to calm her down. Think about it, If your wife/girlfriend was trying to kill herself who do you think would be the best person to calm her down, You or complete strangers?????

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:17 pm

Abe was trying talk his “friend” down, public servant asked him to step behind the yellow tape, Abe refuses. Public servant intimidated by giant, bald, heavily tattooed, muscle bound man. A war of egos ensued…Abe went to jail. Going to jail is no big deal for Abe because he is a multi-millionaire. Cop feels good because he put football player in jail.

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:18 pm

Team Owner Mr. Blank is going to have the Probation officer trolling around Falcon Headquarters before long …………………………………..

ja

September 24th, 2012
11:19 pm

I am a firefighter in the city of Atlanta. If we tape off an area because somebody may jump, it’s meant to keepYOU out. I know John was asked nicely several times by both the firefighters and police officers. He was arrested because he didn’t do what he was told to do. I promise you I would have had you arrested also.

Jonathan Vilma

September 24th, 2012
11:19 pm

I would have paid him $10,000 if he would have pushed her off the balcony…….

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:19 pm

Mark Richt is still in the lead…Mike Smith step your game up.

Bobby Petrino could help...

September 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

He’d leave a message taped to the girls locker telling her not to jump.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

@ja
We know, there are a lot of blind football fans on here that feel that their favorite players can do no wrong.

MaxxFalcon

September 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

DOL – Why would you even enable comments for this story?

Concerned

September 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

Nicely??? Most cops are rude , especially to big, muscular black men

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:25 pm

You never hear about Matty Ice getting in trouble! I’m sure Matt ate his dinner at 4:30, and was in bed by 8pm.

[...] Per a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end John Abraham was booked into Fulton County Jail after being charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. [...]

[...] Per a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end John Abraham was booked into Fulton County Jail after being charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. [...]

[...] Per a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end John Abraham was booked into Fulton County Jail after being charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. [...]

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

I don’t blame Matt…………….you can’t get in trouble in da bed unless you in bed with another woman……………………..and that’s another story………………………………..

Jim Mora could help...

September 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

He just needs to use his cell phone to call and ask what the rule is on helping a lady in a suicide jump situation.

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:29 pm

@Concerned
Let’s keep race out of this will ya? It’s about class and egos. Abe’s earrings cost more than what the cop would make in 7 years salary. So he was probably condescending and felt that he didn’t have to listen to the cop. The cop’s ego was hurt when Abe didn’t do what he was told.

Class and egos. Pencils down.

[...] Per a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end John Abraham was booked into Fulton County Jail after being charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. [...]

[...] Per a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end John Abraham was booked into Fulton County Jail after being charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. [...]

Peerless Price

September 24th, 2012
11:31 pm

Mike Turner quietly, and to himself… thanked Abe for getting some of the heat off of him.

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:32 pm

next time I am traveling down thru Atlanta from up in the Mountains and I see a woman on a building I know now to keep on truckin South to Macon or Newnan……………………………….

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

lol …………………that would do it