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

Michael M.

September 24th, 2012
8:22 pm

Wow, …………….. whats up with this one D-led………………………………..

Before I forget……………….John Fox caught a 30,000.00 fine for giving the refs the business in last week’s game………………..lost the game and lost some money to boot…………………………..

Raoul

September 24th, 2012
8:23 pm

MrShields

September 24th, 2012
8:23 pm

What the hell is really going on with these Falcons..

waynester

September 24th, 2012
8:30 pm

Not familiar with this area of town—curious story, to say the least….

jgsbirds

September 24th, 2012
8:30 pm

are they still looking for ray edwards too! good luck with that!

Mr. Thomas Anthony 'The Taxman' Jones, SR

September 24th, 2012
8:31 pm

Stupid ignorant cops! The APD is as dumb as—–!

falcons_in_the_house

September 24th, 2012
8:31 pm

He got arrested because he won’t leave the scene.. Did he knew the girl? why wouldn’t he leave the scene…

curb stomp

September 24th, 2012
8:31 pm

@MrShields

“What the hell is really going on with these Falcons..”

It’s called life. And you must be a dumbazz.

Columbus

September 24th, 2012
8:33 pm

Just win baby!

[...] to AJC.com a woman was threatening to jump off a building in Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta, when the [...]

Glenn

September 24th, 2012
8:36 pm

Maybe the Falcons are emulating the behavior of UGA?

Ricardo Cabeza

September 24th, 2012
8:36 pm

@Taxman, STFU!

curious

September 24th, 2012
8:36 pm

Who’s the guy with the bowtie? D. Orlando Ledbetter? Go dirty birds. See Ochocinco’s new ride? Abraham will have charges dropped. Not a big story. Next.

Well-Endowed Birds Fan

September 24th, 2012
8:37 pm

Who the hell isn’t familiar with Atlantic Station??? It’s on the same street as the Georgia Dome!!

RD3

September 24th, 2012
8:39 pm

Players going out and getting drunk after each game and getting in trouble may take a toll on the team in the long run. Hopefully the Coach will get a handle on this before it gets out of control.

Sweet Richard Willy

September 24th, 2012
8:39 pm

No big deal. He was recording it in case she jumped.

LMAO

September 24th, 2012
8:45 pm

Ricardo must be an APD cop!
Negative publicity of any kind isn’t good,especially when your teammate was in the news last week. Mr. Shields agree with your question. Say that again RD3.

Joo hill

September 24th, 2012
8:46 pm

Dumb jock. Oh I am better then everyone . I don’t have to leave the room. I am above the law. I am a dumb football player. DUH

supsalemgr

September 24th, 2012
8:47 pm

It’s Atlanta. nuff said.

Capt.Mudd

September 24th, 2012
8:47 pm

Mondays are usually a bad day [physically] for guys who clash and bang on Sundays. However, that doesn’t give anyone special rights when it comes to the law…..tough break for John, hope these charges will be dismissed or reduced.

Oh'man

September 24th, 2012
8:48 pm

Why would you arrest someone for that? I swear our justice system is flawed beyond comprehension. We lock up more people than any other industrialized nation. We seriously need to consider revolutionizing our justice system — it is broken! This is ridiculous, if I were John Abraham I will really consider suing them.

Jruu

September 24th, 2012
8:48 pm

Could be bad, what if he was yelling jump “@&$)* jump

Jonathan

September 24th, 2012
8:49 pm

Oh…..Hells no!!!!

Jonathan

September 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

He has three different women living in three different units he owns at Twelve. I assume the lady threatening to jump was one of his harem

Coach Richt

September 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

I’ve lost control of the Falcons.

Coach T

September 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

Let’s not forget Eugene….
Maybe we need to have a little history lesson in the locker room
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Robinson

[...] the woman, who did not jump and was not injured, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution   [...]

James

September 24th, 2012
8:51 pm

You win a game, and think you are something else. What a f**king thug.

Sargent Slaughter

September 24th, 2012
8:51 pm

charges are pending for further review, but dont worry, the falcons will be up to the task next sunday afternoon and slaughtering the panthers at the dome !

Oh'man

September 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

Why isn’t my damn comment being posted?

mike

September 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

sounds like a room of biggots annnnnnnd dumb azz APD. worst(crooked) in the south.

ctfalconsfan

September 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

He didn’t want to leave, so what? The guy is a sack master so the cops should leave him alone!

John

September 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

Why not wait until we get both sides? We have heard what APD has to say… now lets hear from Abe. Just a thought.

Da hood

September 24th, 2012
8:53 pm

Atlantic Station is horrible now. What a dummy. These guys are allowed a life, but it’s not that hard to avoid trouble. No one seems to know the real story but most likely, there are a lot of details that would help make sense of this.

C-dub

September 24th, 2012
8:53 pm

They should have arrested Ray Edwards for not resisting anyone!

Sargent Slaughter

September 24th, 2012
8:54 pm

Sack em and bag em, I like that,should do swell vs. the saints

jo

September 24th, 2012
8:54 pm

The story didnt say enough to assign blame and we know in the police state we live in anyone can get arrested for small misunderdtanding. Lets have the full story before we jump to conclusions.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

September 24th, 2012
8:54 pm

Nowhere in the story did it say abes was drunk, how do we kno he didnt know this woman or have some other reason for wanting to stay. Or maybe he fealt it was within his rights to stay it doesnt matter he wasnt putting someone elses life in danger this is no big deal. Well no big deal as long as abes makes it to sunday night football lol

pete

September 24th, 2012
8:55 pm

Monday’s are just that way. That is why everyone hates them

James

September 24th, 2012
8:55 pm

the taxman you are what’s wrong in this city.

Flabergasted

September 24th, 2012
8:57 pm

It’s amazing what a police state Georgia has become!

Sargent Slaughter

September 24th, 2012
8:58 pm

I made the arrest, he put up a pretty good fight but I had em under custody in about four quarters of football

Flabergasted

September 24th, 2012
8:59 pm

Are the police so blinded that they don’t understand that revenue pays the taxes that result in their salaries, or are they still in soldier mode from the middle east?

Bona Fide Big Man

September 24th, 2012
8:59 pm

Who cares?! We are 3-0 and running away with the division. If we win a Super Bowl, the entire team can spend a night in the clink for all I care. I can’t wait to see who gets pinched next week. He’ll apologize, we’ll forgive him and all move on. Go Falcons.

sc

September 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

Do any of u know him personally? I Do so the next question I ask…where any of you there??? Hell no ……Shut the Hell up! Judge YOUR OWN PROBLEMS while you over there Judging a STRANGER!!! Please GET UR LIFE!!!

Ghengis Fong

September 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

Phillip Rivers tried to have him arrested on Sunday Because he wouldn’t leave the backfield, and he was obstructing his ability to throw the ball to his receivers. Maybe the cop was a Chargers fan…

Idiots Ignore The Law

September 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

You may make millions but you are stuck on stupid John Abraham. And any fan that doesn’t respect the law can kiss it.

bobby

September 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

Arrested for being black. Some bulllsh*t right here

Ghengis Fong

September 24th, 2012
9:02 pm

You don’t know Johny, ya big dummy, SC…

phil

September 24th, 2012
9:02 pm

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