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.)

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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

DiamondDaveincali

September 25th, 2012
11:26 am

maybe he just left a bar watching the debacle in seattle.

fedup

September 25th, 2012
11:26 am

No one said its easy…nothing worth doing is. In my house there are two seasons…football and waiting for football

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 25th, 2012
11:27 am

The next stadium should b built in a better part of town – possibly north of downtown. To much drugs, violence and gang activity where the stadium is now. The safety of the fans should be taken in to consideration. Until Abraham talks all else is speculation. Never heard of him having trouble with the law before.

Truth

September 25th, 2012
11:32 am

You got to be kidding me. THAT IS WHERE HE LIVES!!! I would be mad as heck too if the police didn’t let me get to my house! Where am I supposed to go? Get a hotel!

Bro

September 25th, 2012
11:33 am

Some people are just plain stupid and it can not be fixed. Go home and take care of yourself and let the police do their job. JA is not above the law and needs to stay out of the way. What a fool.

Cornbread

September 25th, 2012
11:33 am

Flo-Ri-Duh, I totally agree. There is too much drugs, violence, and gang activity. And that’s just the team members!

JROLL1

September 25th, 2012
11:38 am

A grown man should not be wearing his hat like that! I’m jus sayn!

shunny

September 25th, 2012
11:40 am

Most likely this is his girl, for him to obstruct the first response team. Now, Mike and Arthur it is time for a refresher course 101 “Character Off the Field” to the rest of the team your choices defines
your character. Don’t let your good be spoken evil of.

evil empire

September 25th, 2012
11:41 am

why would anyone wear their hat in that manner…just looks stupid…

Barry

September 25th, 2012
11:42 am

HEY Y’ALL :

JOHN ABRAHAM MUST HAVE KNOWN THIS WOMAN TO RISK BEING. ARRESTED. WHATEVE-FR. THE RELATIONSHIP HE HSF WITH THIS WOMAN, HE SHOWED ENOUGH. HEART TO BE THERE FOR AT SICH S TRAGIC TIME FOR HER TO WANT TO JUMP OUT A WINDOW. THAT WAS HER CHOICE TO DO SO; HOPEFULLY, SHE GETS HELP. BUT IT WAD ABRAHAM’S COICE AS A FRIEND TO BE THERE FOR HER. IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST IN SAVING HER LIFE AT SUCH A TRAGIC TIME. THE MAN RISK HIS PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION TO SAVE A FRIEND. EX-FRIEND OR OTHERWISE. DAMN. I WISH I HSD A FRIEND THAT WOULD TRY TO HELP ME LIKE THAT IN SICH S SITUATION, INSTEAD OF TURNING HIS BACK AND WALKING THE OTHER WAY BECAISE HE WAD AFRAID OF HI PROFFESIONAL REPUTATION RELATED TO SICH AN INCIDENT. I APPLAUD YOU JOHN ABRAHAM FOR CARING. GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR SACRIFICING YOURSELF,FOR A LIFE, FOR A FRIEND. THAT’S WHAT FALCNS DO.!! WE “RISE UP! !” IN ” ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” GOD BLESS YOU.

GO FALCONS!!!!!

THE ” PROCESS” CONTINUES TO THE SUPER BOWL.

“FALCONS, RISE UP!!!” WE “RISE UP IN ” ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”.

SSSSSSHHHHHHHHH!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN!! TELL EVERYBODY! !!!!!!

…………….” ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!……….

Harvey Updyke

September 25th, 2012
11:45 am

The falcons are 3-0 with 2 arrests on the season. There is a direct parallel between lawlessness and being a gamer…period. It won’t be long before we start seeing the arrests start to pile up at FSU…they can’t be that fast and not be stealin, dealin, or bangin…

SirReal

September 25th, 2012
11:52 am

@Marcus You’re an idiot. You obviously dont get what Im saying. Im talking about people on HERE playing the idiotic “race card” stupid. I think its very stupid to call a man a “thug” because he crossed the police line. Just for your information, I lived on SIMPSON RD for more than half my life so I know and have experienced EVERYTHING you spoke of here. I know more than you’ll ever dream my friend. I got friends in Lincoln and Westview so you can kiss my @$$. (they’ll probably delete this but I dont care.) I share the plight of the downtrodden and actually go downtown EVERY month, yes EVERY month to give out clothes, food, encouragement,etc to the homeless whether they are “white”, “black”, or whatever so you need to stay in your lane. I dont do this with any church or nothing…just straight from my HEART! Yes I AM SIRREAL! I see reality every freakin day sir. Its bigger than money because you cant take that ish with you. Its about love and hate….and I see a lot of that going on right now. PERIOD.

Tom(Independent Viet Vet-USAF)

September 25th, 2012
11:54 am

What is Abe, 32-33 yrs old, not some kid folks. Great football player and leader on the field but apparently made a poor decision at Atlantic Station. Let the cops do their job(that they are trained to do) just like you want Abe to do his on the football field. To you knuckleheads bashing the cops, next time some druggy sticks a gun to your head, remember your bashing of the cops who rush to aid you! If I was one, you would be on your own!

Scuba Steve

September 25th, 2012
12:00 pm

LOL you guys are really something.

He caught 2 misdemeanors. Really dumb decisions. But not nearly the end of the world. He’s a grown man, most likely none of you know him, he’s done pretty well for himself as a professional, I’d say. Who cares if you think he’ll be broke by the end of his career. I’m sure he doesn’t. You have no idea if he has financial planners and if he is setting himself up perfectly for his future. The questions is, WHY are you in his pockets? #MeatPeepers.

That said, I’d prefer him be smarter and stay out of handcuffs, as would any Falcons fans. The difference is, I’m perfectly willing to let it end right there.

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SirReal

September 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

@Oedipus Whatever dude. You’re insignificant.
@Fan since 1966….if we’re all of mixed ancestry then why are we still even going through this “race” stuff? Come on. You’ve always seemed like a smart fella and I still think you are. To act like this isnt an issue and that you arent seeing that on this blog from BOTH SIDES is like playing ostrich. As far as you being a pig….thats what you wanted to do. I could care less that you are sir because my perception of you all wont change when I’ve seen nothing but dirty ones for most of my life who have profiled and even KILLED an innocent lady who used to be my neighbor. (Kathryn Johnston. Officer Junier was notorious for his Zone 1 corruption) Sure there are a few exceptions and maybe you’re one of them…but perception is reality. Thsi stuff is bigger than football. Again, its about love and hate….and until we stop hating…the world wont move forward.

Just Sayin

September 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

First its Turner and now Abe – where is the leader of the team?

Just sayin…..

Who Cares?

September 25th, 2012
12:09 pm

Can’t put mu finger on it, but somehow, just somehow, George Bush is responsible for this!

OedipusTax

September 25th, 2012
12:09 pm

Looks to me, after reading through the comments here, that the IQ of the average Falcons fan wouldn’t make a comfortable room temperature. Maybe the Falcons should arrange to have all their playoff games away. Maybe they can’t win a playoff game because the atmosphere of stupid in the home stands dumbs them down when it counts.

Ackshun

September 25th, 2012
12:09 pm

Hey you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. GO FALCONS!!

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:15 pm

I see one side calling the other “thugs”. The other side retaliates with “hillbilly or red-neck”! Not enough of us on here calling for patience so we can receive more information to determine what really happened. Speaking for myself, if I knew the woman on the ledge, I probably would have done exactly what Abe did. I think he is a good man and has served Atlanta well since he’s been here. I guess you people calling him a thug without knowing the facts, have never been arrested or maybe you did something wrong and just weren’t caught. Quit being so self-rightous and ask yourself, “What would you do if you knew the distraught lady on the ledge?” The reason she was there doesn’t matter. What matters is where was Abe’s heart when he resisted a lawful order? “Judge not, least yea be judged”…

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

Just days away………………………………………………

JPD

September 25th, 2012
12:20 pm

Bro- Maybe you have a tough time reading… JA lives in the building that this was all going down at. He was trying to go home… Who’s teh fool now?

JPD

September 25th, 2012
12:26 pm

On a side note: Anybody excited to see what the pissed off Packers are going to do the Saints this wkend?!?

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

SirReal
Bad po-pos come in all colors, shapes and sizes but most police put their life on the line every time they go to work. Some have psychological problems that become magnified because of their position of authority. Most police are “heros”, but a few are “zeros”. It is a very difficult job where most are shepherd’s, but some are wolves. Very few are “lamb’s”…

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

ha ! ha ! ha ! ha !………………………I really feel sorry for those Caints………………………………………………………………

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

Saint’s fans,
BREAK OUT THE PAPERBAGS…

Yellow Ledbetter

September 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

He only tried to save her because she was a white women, he wouldn’t have tried to save no Sheboon!

And turn your hat around straight and take that stupid sticker off John, you’re in your 30’s…grow up bro!

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

When they put that tape up that is “their” work space and citizens are not allowed in there ………………………………..Big Abe will go to Court, pay fines and get spanked on the back of the hand with the ruler and scolded and walk……………………………………………….same thing with Turner………………………………no big deal on either of them……………………….

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:36 pm

Be Smart and stay out of trouble Falcons Players………………………this could be ” the Year ” ! ! !

SirReal

September 25th, 2012
12:41 pm

@KingDaddy. I respect your comments sir. You have a point…they sure do. Wasnt calling out a particular group because Ive been profiled by all kinds. Some are indeed psyched out. Just saying that unfortunately I’ve only really seen the “zeros”. I know some are honorable. I wish I could see more thats all. With that said, I think we should all go for plastic bags at the grocery store because the Aints are getting ALL the paper bags!!! LOL LOL

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:43 pm

Michael M.,
Sorry bro, I agree with you on Abe, but a DUI is serious and requires “counseling”. Some people take the responsibility of driving an automobile to lightly. Sometimes they pay for their lack of judgment. Sometimes other innocent people pay for their irresponsibility. You ever lost a loved one to a drunk driver or a texting driver???

Falcon James

September 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

If prison can turn Magic Mike into great runner and Abe into a sack monster. I say lets lock up Dunta next.

Saint disliker

September 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

Wow….the Aints have to go play an ANGRY Green Bay team this Sunday….doesnt like good for them….LOL

Fedup Falcon

September 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

Another example of veteran leadership on how not to act. lol

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

Sir Real……….I was at the Store yesterday looking for the large black leaf bags and the clerk told me someone by the name of payton had called and told them to hold them all, that he was sending a fella by the name of Vilma to swing by all the Georgia Stores in a big yellow moving van to pick them up for the New Orleans Caints faithful………………………………….

Jay Johnson

September 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

First off… you idiots have know idea what happened. For a firefighter to have to excuse a gawker because an emergency must have meant there was some danger involved besides to the jumper. For ANYONE to say that he is a Falcon and that they should have left him alone is the biggest loser idiot of them all. SHAME ON YOU!!!! That is part the ills that we face as Black people and Americans. Who ever goes along with that BS must be part of THAT 47%.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:49 pm

SirReal
The price for a paperbag has already gone-up 25¢ in Savannah, lol…
and I have seen my share of bad cops here in the SAV…

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

Roddy White will be next………………… ” breakin and entering ” into someone’s ” twitter account “……………………whatever twitter is, I don’t even know………………ha !

big o

September 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

So much for our choir boy image.. LAMO !!! Maybe we need a little edge to this team with the operative word being “little” . Keep the sacks coming Abe… Good Luck with legal prcess

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

Is Twitter ” texting ” ?……………………

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
12:53 pm

BTW,
Where are all the loud-mouth Saints fans???

Falcon James

September 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

Paper Bags are on the Blue Light special today at Big K. The Saint fan were waiting at the door and fighting over them. The Po Po made 3 arrests, one of them was from Hiram and kepts saying he had seen this before.

Corporate Meltdown

September 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

No doubt a vast misunderstanding by the Dude who thought the Women was a depress Republican and he was going to catch and sack her when she jump……

Marcus Willingham

September 25th, 2012
12:59 pm

Either that was his wife or his baby mama, that sound like baby mama drama.

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

After the Packers mop up the field with the Caints ……………….oh my , the slaughter, we may never hear out of STBzip or hiramaint again………………………………………………………………..

Mark

September 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

Another football thug thinking he is above the law

Michael M.

September 25th, 2012
1:04 pm

Coach Smith and Team Owner Mr. Blank need to have a special meeting with the Falcons Players……………………………..this Team is capable of going 14 – 2 this year and I see nobody on their schedule really capable of beating them if they stay focused and play football the way they can this year………………………………………………..

Kenny D

September 25th, 2012
1:06 pm

No harm ! No Foul ! it’s a good thing the NFL Ref’s wasn’t there !

Sandy

September 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

Mr. Abraham said he was trying to go home!! Did the police make everyone leave the building? If the lady was on her balcony, why couldn’t he go to whatever unit he wanted to go to? He would not have interacted with her. Sounds like police just wanted to be obeyed, no matter how stupid the request may have been…