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

Duke of Ellenwood

September 25th, 2012
9:42 am

You guys missed the big picture, Abe is a hero…He created a distraction and the lady didn’t jump. :/

PMC

September 25th, 2012
9:44 am

Would very much like to hear Abe’s side of the story.

scott

September 25th, 2012
9:45 am

I bet she found out she was knocked up and did not know if he or Michael Turner was the father. She into BBC

PMC

September 25th, 2012
9:45 am

I have met John Abraham on a couple of occasions, and he’s been a friendly, easy going guy to me. I would think this is a misunderstanding on his part.

savannahwhodat

September 25th, 2012
9:45 am

Our evil plan is bearing fruit. Now we get matty arrested on charges of indecent exposure and the falcons self-destruct! Who needs bounties when you can count on the falcons being the falcons.

teamguy

September 25th, 2012
9:48 am

PMC has it right. . .pretty sure he lives in the building. . .cops were technically correct, but could have handled it better.

Don'tjudgeme

September 25th, 2012
9:48 am

Let’s not be so excited about this young man getting into trouble. Who is anyone to judge someone else? Except for the grace of God…instead of him, could have been any one of us. We all make wrong (stupid) decisions that we later regret and wonder, “What in the world was I thinking…like, really?

Pandora

September 25th, 2012
9:53 am

O.K….WHAT did he do now? I’m totally confused. I don’t see any wrong doing here. Maybe he knew the lady or thought he could talk her down. Wow…it goes to show that if you are a black man in Atlanta that the police will arrest you for absolutely any and everything. This is crazy!

Mike Smyth - Coach MS

September 25th, 2012
9:57 am

Please everyone, let the facts come out before you condem the bst falcon player since “Cannon Ball Butler”, or Jr. Miller, (Miller Time)…perhaps, he was only trying to get into position to “grab her” if she did jump…lord knows he is the only Falcon lineman that knows how to “gab the target!”…plus, he may have been wanting to prevent the woman from being shot by the APD…

Tell it like it is

September 25th, 2012
9:59 am

You have to obey the law,its that simple!

Tac Cunningham

September 25th, 2012
10:00 am

See ya burner and see ya Abraham. Not enough sense to keep it clean?. Neither one need to play but it is all about money. Put you hat on straight Abraham and straighten your head up.

jay rogers

September 25th, 2012
10:01 am

You have turner speeding 97 mph then another falcon thug thinking he is above the law. I say kick them off the team. why are they still on the team? Get rid of those earrings you thug.

Dalcon

September 25th, 2012
10:02 am

Its hard to walk away from someone you care about! no reason to arrest him though. Let him sit in the police car until its over with. A watse of tax payer funds!!!

Falcon Man

September 25th, 2012
10:03 am

In the big scheme of things…It REALLY doesnt mattter does it ???

Go Falcons….Beat tha Panthers…….AND OH YEA …..WHO DAT ??? HA HA HA HA HA

Fan Since 1966

September 25th, 2012
10:07 am

Hey Sir Real, we are all of mixed races so give it a rest. Race has absolutely nothing to do with this. Doing dumb stuff has no race, creed, color, etc. Abe lives there, ok. How many times have people been kept from their homes for reasons of public safety? Happens all the time and you know it. I’m sure there were other residents that were’t allowed in either. They just didn’t feel they were entitled. Maybe Abe was just trying to get inside so he could watch the Packers get screwed on National TV? I don’t know. And if you noticed, a black officer was standing there watching the arrest so there goes your “because he was black” excuse that some people seem to want to use everytime a black person gets arrested. Are there any bad cops? Sure there are, but let’s look at each incident individually. My money says the charges will be dropped. Why? No one was hurt, he didn’t fight and he was only arrested because the officers had no other choice after he was given numerous warnings. Now, can we go back to talking FOOTBALL please! And yes, I am a cop. And anybody that calls ME a racist can KMA.

Esquire

September 25th, 2012
10:07 am

FAILCANTS have more player arrests than SB rings or points scored in a playoff game

September 25th, 2012
7:59 am

Trolling, trolling, trolling….Failcant fans are such easy targets…and will be until you win a SB, which we know is NEVAH…even when the Saints are down, they’re still better than you…FAILCANTS are a joke….such delusional zealots….queue the disappointment….it’s on the way….lmao…NO SB RING..lmao….

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If you have to tell us you are trolling then you aren’t a very good troll. By the way, all participants in the “Big Dance” get a Superbowl ring, the winners have a little more bling. “Zealots”….really, is that the best you can do….? “Queue the dissapoinment”? Actually, next time write CUE the dissapointment. “Even when the Saints are down”, and let’s face it, they are WAY DOWN, 0-3 in fact. AND in last place in the NFC South. Right now the MIGHTY ATLANTA FALCONS are in 1st place in the NFC South and we suspect that bothers you a great deal. Or, is this what you meant by the Saints are down: Your defense: 30th in points, 32nd in yards, 25th in passing yards, 32nd in rushing yards. You’re pathetic.

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BornHere

September 25th, 2012
10:08 am

I see we are still keepin’ it real at Atlantic Station.

basspro2150

September 25th, 2012
10:15 am

He was going to catch her and save a life. Another Atlanta interception. Now spike the ball.

YUUUUPPPP

September 25th, 2012
10:19 am

Who cares…just WIN.

YUUUUPPPP

September 25th, 2012
10:20 am

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Idiots Ignore The Law

September 25th, 2012
10:20 am

IQ of about 50, making millions but I will bet you he is broke within 5 years after his playing career.

Jim

September 25th, 2012
10:27 am

And SUCH a classy look with that stupid sideways cap. What is he….thirteen? He should be arrested and charged with looking really asinine for a grown man.

Thugville

September 25th, 2012
10:28 am

Good Lord! Is there any ‘professional’ football player that ISN’T all tatooed from head to toe or have some STUPID looking braided dredlock hair past their shoulders and that doesn’t have about 12 kids from 12 different women and that doesn’t talk like a ghetto gangster with a 1st grade education? Complete idiots. If I were Arthur Blank I would have a sit down with these complete clowns and demand all cut thier hair like civilized people and speak like human beings or you’re fired. Can’t do that becuase these thugs have contracts that allow them to basically rule the world. Idiots. Oh, by the way, someone needs to tell this moron that the very moment a person turns thier hat backwards or sideways that INSTANTLY drops thier IQ 20 points. So in this clowns case, his is negative 10.

Esquire

September 25th, 2012
10:29 am

Fan Since 1966

September 25th, 2012
10:07 am
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Cops certainly have their share who think they are entitled. “He was given numerous warnings”? Oh, you didn’t mention you were there. Frankly, that black officer in the picture looks like a rookie and his face and demeanor seem to be saying “Man, this is wrong”.

Be careful out there Mr. Cop.

joe in tucker

September 25th, 2012
10:31 am

…arrested for being stupid as evidenced by the hat on his head…

August

September 25th, 2012
10:38 am

First of all, I don’t believe TI got arrested when he interfered to prevent a suicide at Colony Square. Secondly, EVERYONE be aware that if you take video of police activity they will arrest you!!

schmeckdawg

September 25th, 2012
10:40 am

What a freaking idiot!!!!!!!!!!!

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ctfalconsfan

September 25th, 2012
10:43 am

OK, as a 23-year season tix holder let me start by saying 3-0 BABY!!! If we need a player arrested each week in order to keep winning then by all means let’s keep it up. As long as these guys perform on Sunday’s I’m not really concerned about what they do on their own time.

ctfalconsfan

September 25th, 2012
10:48 am

Reading some of your comments are too funny…. Fire people for these little offenses???

Mr. Blank and the Falcons hire football players not alter boys. I want the SB Trophy in Flowery Branch so I can see it when I visit the ATL. If we need to win it with thugs, punks whatever, I’m ALL IN!!

Jack P

September 25th, 2012
10:50 am

I’m declaring the Falcons the “new” Cincinnatti Bengals effective immediately. About time the Falcons became number 1 in the NFL.

just sayin'

September 25th, 2012
10:52 am

yup…’face’ of the falcants…hilarious…

Ken

September 25th, 2012
10:54 am

What happened to the lady who wanted to jump?? Did she get help?

Falcons Fan

September 25th, 2012
10:59 am

Are we sure they weren’t REPLACEMENT cops???

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
11:01 am

Much ado about nothing.
Falcons will be 4 & 0 after Sunday and all will be forgotten.

George

September 25th, 2012
11:01 am

one these guy will learn the same people who bring their kids up to them are the same people who are calling them a thug wow the south .You people pack the dam Dome every game and this is how you see them wow you do not know what hell was even going on.

Joe Falcon

September 25th, 2012
11:02 am

Cops are stupid. I was there. He was trying to help SAVE A WOMAN’S LIFE. And she DID NOT JUMP, so he did!

THANK YOU, JOHN ABRAHAM! YOU ARE A HERO!!!

fedup

September 25th, 2012
11:07 am

NFL fans. Please join me and my boys in a blackout of all NFL games this weekend starting Thurs. Night.
Something has to b done to stop this madness with the refs.MNF was the last straw for us. So if your willing tell your fiends and family coworkers anybody you can. As long as the ratings are there the owners will do nothing and keep on insulting us

NCDOG

September 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Bobby its not a black thing its a dumbass thing!

JPD

September 25th, 2012
11:09 am

John lives there part of the time… he was probably tired from working that Charger O-Line and just wanted to get to bed and was in auto-pilot. Who cares if he drank a little… he was walking!!!

bo joe ellis

September 25th, 2012
11:10 am

Pandora, you are sick to blame race for this..there are more good Black Police Officers that White. It speak volumes about you though to even good there..Stop making excuses for being black. I’m Black and I have no problems with other races. Get a life and do the same its up to you stop the hate.

Chris Horne

September 25th, 2012
11:10 am

Ha, did anyone notice he had on a t-shirt from the strip club follies?!? This wouldn’t surprise me if this was some stripper he picked up at the strip club! What’s up with these guys and strip clubs?!?!

Cornbread

September 25th, 2012
11:10 am

Just being stupid. And as you all know “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID.” Bottom line!!

Statick

September 25th, 2012
11:11 am

@ fedup

Hell, no. I ain’t boycotting ****.

bo joe ellis

September 25th, 2012
11:13 am

There’s two side to this story. Lets get John’s side before all the BS.

JPD

September 25th, 2012
11:13 am

fedup- I think that is a great idea… Lead the charge brother! As long as your plot does not involve me and my season tickets @ the GA DOME!
RISE UP!!

old falc

September 25th, 2012
11:16 am

sometimes its all in the way your asked

GregKennesaw

September 25th, 2012
11:22 am

can’t fix stupid!

fedup

September 25th, 2012
11:24 am

Hell no…season tickets and tickets in general cost too much of our hard earned money. On top of that they have already been purchased so the money is in the bank as they say. But TV ratings are what the league cares about most. One weekend is all it would take. We pay our money and devote our weekends for 5months a year and right now the NFL and the owners are spittin on our faces. What if this was our team last night and was the difference between going to the playoffs or not. How long until it is our team? They think we are too stupid to know any better….show them we are not.

carlton

September 25th, 2012
11:25 am

I may have been arrested, you know, but I’ll save it by wearing my hat crooked. That’ll show everybody how “bad” I be.