Atlanta Falcons: Abraham attributes arrest to ‘bad timing’

Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards (right) is sporting a Mohawk these days. It's more than just a hairstyle. He and John Abraham (left) anchor the Falcons defensive line.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards (right) is sporting a Mohawk these days. It's more than just a hairstyle. He and John Abraham (left) anchor the Falcons defensive line. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive end John Abraham attributed his arrest on two obstruction charges in Atlanta on Monday to “bad timing.”

However, when pressed, he would not elaborate on the situation that occurred in front of a high-rise where he owns three condominiums.

“I really can’t talk about the situation because we are still going through some legal things, here and there,” Abraham said. “I’m just happy that everybody that knows me and knows what kind of person I am, know the things that I do, so I’d like to kind of leave it at that. I’m just trying to move on to football, continue to be the leader that I’ve been, do the same things and get ready for Carolina.”

When asked by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to give his side of the story, Abraham was reluctant.

“At this moment, I don’t want to talk about my side of the story,” Abraham said. “Once we get everything verified and get everything going the same way, because we still have a legal situation that we need to get cleared up,” Abraham said. “Sometimes, it’s just bad timing. I’m not going to fault anybody at all. Sometimes things happen in life. Sometimes trying to do the right thing, [doesn’t] end up being the right thing.”

John Chafee of the APD’s Public Affairs Unit said Police 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. Abraham was booked at the Fulton County Jail and was released early Tuesday after posting $7,500 bond.

Chafee said the woman, who did not jump and was uninjured. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. It is not known if Abraham knew the prospective jumper or if he was just trying to return home.

According to a copy of the police report, 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 was “obviously intoxicated,” the arresting officer wrote in the report.

“Like I said, sometimes you just try to do the right thing and don’t worry about that,” Abraham said. “Like I was saying, I’m not trying to knock anybody for trying to do what they were doing. Like I said, it happened. I can’t really go into detail with exactly what’s going on, everybody likes to say this and that. …it was a situation.”

Abraham is the second Falcons player to be arrested in the past weeks.

Gwinnett County police arrested running back Michael Turner early last Tuesday on charges of DUI and speeding.

“I got to talk to [head coach] Mike [Smith] and a lot of people in the organization and people that know me. …it was an altercation and hopefully we can get it out of the way as soon as possible,” Abraham said.

The Falcons are 3-0, one of only three undefeated teams in the NFL.

Since Michael Vick’s 2007 federal arrest on dog fighting-related charges, the team, which is seeking to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome with new stadium, has been extremely sensitive to any negative publicity.

“I’m trying not to harp on what happened,” Abraham said. “I’m trying not to, but I will say it was bad timing.”

Finally, Abraham wouldn’t admit to making an error in judgment.

“I can’t say I did or didn’t,” Abraham said. “I’m just going to keep saying it was bad timing. I can’t say exactly what happened. Like I said, we’re going to try to work through it.”

Abraham plans to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

“I’ve been playing for 13 years. [I’m coming] off a good game in San Diego,” Abraham said. “Hopefully, I can go back out there and do the same thing.”

Abraham has the support of his teammates.

“We also are going to have each other’s backs,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We’ve got a tight knit group of players. Guys are going to make mistakes. It’s going to happen. Hopefully, we don’t make anymore.

“But you’ve got to have each other’s back and when we get here we have to focus on football.”

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63 comments Add your comment

Sean

September 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

UKFalcon

September 27th, 2012
2:08 pm

GotUrTapenadeRightHere

September 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

I like the way the team responds to things like this – not a distraction, handle it responsibly. A class act.

UKFalcon

September 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

D-Led, I’m a massive fan of you’re work, you always keep me up to speed over here in the UK :-) I have a question though, do you think there are any underlying problems in the locker room? Do you think the coaches need to come down on players a little more?

Thanks

Samuel

September 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

The truth will come out sooner or late, Hopefully it’s in his favor.

JSS

September 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

In trying to be the opposite of something that happened in the past, a phony atmosphere of piety was created to appease a certain element of Falcons consumers. But just like Victorian or Puritan culture, it is just that phony…

tyger

September 27th, 2012
2:14 pm

It was a TD catch by definition…

NFL rules require possession, control and 2 ft in bounds…
GB player had possession, questionable control and was in the air..
Seattle player acquired possession, questionable control w 2 ft on the ground…

And you cant say neither caught it b/c neither meet all three prerequisites…
A tie goes to the passer/offense…
Those who believe GB caught it are looking at who touched it first in the air…
TD catches are not evaluated “in the air” but on the ground…
On the ground, both players had possession, neither had control w/both ft in bounds…

Best answer is “tie to the offensive player”…

Falcon Red

September 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

At least he didn’t get behind the wheel…

Rise Up

September 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

Now it’s time for Cam Newton to have some bad timing
in the Georgia Dome.

Jimmy Crack

September 27th, 2012
2:31 pm

Sounds good to me. If Smitty (see Arthur) lets him play it couldn’t be that bad. A victimless mistake. time to move on….TO SUNDAY!

Beat those Panthers!!

St Simons

September 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

Panthers are a mouthy team – they’re sayin in their paper, at least
we can turn around our season with the Falcons comin to town.
Beat them hard. Don’t let up. Make Hello Kitty quit on em.

GregKennesaw

September 27th, 2012
2:50 pm

@JSS – and what “certain element” would that be?

Kurtis

September 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

Has Ray Edwards been arrested too and just hasn’t posted bond yet? That would explain his absence from the games so far this year.

St Simons

September 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

R Edwards hasn’t been arrested, but he IS on a missing persons report-

Ray! – Where you aaat? – ESPN

easynow

September 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

WHO will be the NEXT one involved with the police????

I say any athlete playing for the big money is subject to do something stupid as hell!

Esquire

September 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

JSS

September 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

In trying to be the opposite of something that happened in the past, a phony atmosphere of piety was created to appease a certain element of Falcons consumers. But just like Victorian or Puritan culture, it is just that phony…
*******************************************************

JSS, why don’t you jchange your handle simply to “BS”. It’s like you don’t have a clue that when you try to write like you are noble and learned that you actually come off as quite the Dunce Hat…..

You keep studying for that Mensa exam, I am certain it will prove beneficial somehow.

Esquire

September 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

St Simons

September 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

Panthers are a mouthy team – they’re sayin in their paper, at least
we can turn around our season with the Falcons comin to town.
Beat them hard. Don’t let up. Make Hello Kitty quit on em.
************************************
Hell, if they are saying the Falcons are coming to town there may not be a game. My tickets say Georgia Dome.

D

September 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

In trying to be the opposite of something that happened in the past, someone is trying to use the internet to pass themselves off as educated. It’s not working.

Go Falcons

Mike Franklin

September 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Sometimes there is no right thing. Sometimes, in this era in which we live, doing anything at all… will get you in trouble.

Rock on #55!

PMC

September 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

Hope it works out for you 55. You have all ways been cool with me. I hope this can go away quietly with no further embarassment.

Justin

September 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

If APD needed money that bad, they could have just asked him for a donation. I think it will come out that Abraham was trying to help more than cause a problem.

muddy waters

September 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

What an ass this guy is. Admit your mistake, apologize, THEN move on.

When a public safety worker says, “Move,” you MOVE, not argue. Drunken idiot.

An(other) embarrassment.

Pete

September 27th, 2012
4:39 pm

Justin whether or not youre trying to help (vs. trying to cause a problem) is irrelevant. When a cop/fireman orders you to leave a potentially dangerous scene, you are required to leave. Period. Abraham’s comments consist of more gobbledegook than I have read in a very long time. He was drunk, thought he is above the law (as many celebrities think), and was arrested.

Answer this

September 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

OK JSS! I am just sick of your BS! Please bring it down a level man…..call me what you want! But nobody and I mean NOBODY wants to hear your BS google words man! Gosh it is such old crap now. We are all sick of it dude! Why try to be something you are not? Your blogs where you try to show your smartness actually shows your lack of credibility as well as lack of intelligence! No one gets on here and blogs words like you do to prove intelligence. Its such a sad state man! Stop it dude! Just frigging stop it! No one on here gives a flying FUDGE about Victorian or Puritan culture…….if you want to talk about being religious take your angus to another blog! We here could givie a FUDGE about Victorian or Puritan culture……you are such a frigging hole that you dont know how incredibly stupid you sound!

LOL at JSS

September 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

He speaks,, but he doesnt say anything, LOL

LOL at JSS

September 27th, 2012
5:18 pm

Sounded like a racist remark to me,, I say he should be banned…

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2012
5:26 pm

The police trying to talk down a jumper at the exact time you come home after drinking certainly qualifies as bad timing. I know it would for me.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

September 27th, 2012
5:28 pm

@tyger man that is the exact same argument ive been making on that touchdown pass i thought the refs made the right call regaurding the touchdown now thats not saying greenbay shouldnt have won , because they shoulda won because of that obviouse pass interference, but sense the ref didnt throw a flag the interference couldnt be challenged therefore moving forward to the touchdown which id say was the right call. Either way it was a tough situation for the refs to be in but the right call aside from missing the interferrence

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2012
5:32 pm

But according to the Notre Dame radio dude, getting more players arrested is what is needed to build a championship contender. That theory has not worked out very well for Cincinnati or Oakland though.

jaz

September 27th, 2012
5:47 pm

…and the ND radio dude was reprimanded by his station for saying that.

P B Orr

September 27th, 2012
6:06 pm

JSS, what the hell are you talking about? Yes a lot of Falcons fans are the classic suburban racist buttheads we know and don’t love. On the other hand, there is an element of black culture that respects and tolerates thuggery. In the middle is most everyone, including Mr. Abraham and Mr. Smith and Mr. Dmitroff.

Abraham got jacked by zealous “first responders” who think they are entitled to push people around and act like their feces don’t stink. He should sue the bejeezus out of them for false arrest and libel. Unless you charge someone with public intoxication, you are not entitled to make such statements to the press, even if they are true.

BBrown

September 27th, 2012
6:09 pm

“Bad Timing”, come on! What a lame response. Take some responsibility Abraham. Quit making excuses and take responsibility for your actions and while you are at it grow the $%!! up. You have the opportunity of the lifetime to perhaps win a Superbowl, make substantial income, and enjoy a long career of playing in the NFL. Bad Timing, that is something that a ten year old would come up with. You are a grown man now playing in the NFL. Grow up and take responsibility. If you want to clown around, do it in the off season. Arthur Blank is paying you some serious money so take it seriously.

Jethro

September 27th, 2012
6:16 pm

This was just a situation and everyone knows what JA can do, it was a situation and legal things have to be cleared up but in the meantime JA has to move on. The situation is what it is and at this point in time the actual events of that situation can not be changed because of the situation. Everyone needs to first gather all the facts from the affected parties and then analyze the situation to determine just what occurred during the situation before anyone makes or comes to a conclusion about the situation.

rabbi

September 27th, 2012
6:33 pm

Can somebody tell me why the falcons don’t wear all black uniforms anymore?

hit a single

September 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

When did the Falcons wear all black uniforms. Their best uniforms are the red jerseys, white pants with red and black stripes and the red helmets. The throw backs.

The Grinch

September 27th, 2012
7:48 pm

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Abraham as a person after reading these comments. However, unlike what the Falcons try and push on us, football isn’t about what happens off the field. Abe may be an entitled dumb@$$, but he’s still a good defensive end and that’s all I care about on Sunday.

Answer this

September 27th, 2012
7:49 pm

They have not banned this clown munch for much worse so dont expect it to happen now regardless of what he says

Mike Franklin

September 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

Never mind the Falcs are one of only three undefeated teams.
Never mind that Matt Ryan is the highest rated passer in the league.

Let’s focus on anything except the game.

Someday… someday SOON, the league and the sports networks will have to recognize us.

D man

September 27th, 2012
8:48 pm

Just focus on sacking Cam and getting in his face Abe… Go Falcons!!!

on track

September 27th, 2012
9:06 pm

Hartsfield Defense

September 27th, 2012
9:30 pm

I think it was Ray Edwards on the ledge impersonating a woman…he has been sackless this year. :)

DawgNole

September 27th, 2012
9:39 pm

St Simons
September 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

Panthers are a mouthy team – they’re sayin in their paper, at least
we can turn around our season with the Falcons comin to town.
Beat them hard. Don’t let up. Make Hello Kitty quit on em.
____________________

“Falcons comin to town.” What town? They’re already in town. Game’s in ATL. Duh.

mgdawg

September 27th, 2012
10:28 pm

Let me rebuttal the arguments of those defending abraham

First, that he knew the girl and was trying to help. This is what the police and fireman do for a living, this is what they were trained to do. If they need your help then they will ask for it, but you don’t need to take it upon yourself. You are a football player, play football and don’t try to be a policeman. For an analogy, if you pass out would you rather have doctors caring for you, or a football player trying to take care of you?

Second, that he was just trying to get home. Someone in his building was contemplating taking their life. Police and fireman who are trained to deal with this were trying to save a life. I believe you can wait an hour or two before you go into your house. Another analogy, what if someone drops in front of your door and emt’s are performing CPR. Are you going to step over them and push them out of your way, or step back and let them do their job.

It all comes down to this, it isn’t hard to avoid not getting arrested. It isn’t something that you have to go out of your way to do. If a policeman asks you to stay back, stay back.

Bill

September 27th, 2012
10:30 pm

Atlanta police officers are pricks! Abraham is a helluva player. They need to leave our team alone!

JSS

September 27th, 2012
10:59 pm

Elements = a portion (does not equate to race or skin color, those are two different things)… My goodness, you people are obsessed with the lowest possible denominators! The element that the Falcons curry to transcend race, it is demographic and economic… Better luck next time with your poor attempts at bigotry… By the way, Ledbetter, Schultz, and Bradley tell you folks all the time, you got “real proof” of race baiting, show it to them… Oh that is right, epic fail, there is none on my part… Better luck down the road, just can’t win can you?

Ricky Grooms

September 27th, 2012
11:01 pm

bad timing and dumbassedness!!

P B Orr

September 27th, 2012
11:13 pm

mgdawg, this sounds like a reasonable point of view, and you may find it so, but in fact it’s just evidence of more brainwashing. The cops and firemen of the past had the same job and the same responsibilities. They did NOT act like jerks as a matter of course. What they would have done was to establish an alternate entrance away from the incident. The idea of closing down an entire hi-rise building because there is one person acting out is insane. They do these blanket evictions because they are bored and because it makes them feel powerful. There are no fires to speak of any more, they have tons of expensive equipment and endless hours of training for terrorists, alien invasions, Rooskies, every stupid potentiality but none of this stuff ever happens – so they totally overreact to the most trivial situations.

Abraham was trying to go home. America is such a locked down police state now that you can’t even get in your own house when one crazy woman is acting out.

I believe the charges will be dropped. I hope he sues the p_ss out of the city.

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Abraham wouldn’t share a lot of details about the incident that drew police attention when a woman was threatening to jump off a building. [...]

William

September 28th, 2012
1:21 am

He needs to be fined by the Falcons and the courts for stupidity. When a normal person is asked to leave the scene by police, they usually do. Why can’t these players follow the rules the rest of us has to? Not rules, laws. Quit breaking the law just because you are a well paid football player. This can’t be good for the team. Punish him and Turner both. Show that team appearances mean something. Mr. Blank doesn’t want this bad publicity for the team. Grow up you two.

Blake

September 28th, 2012
1:32 am

Can anybody see the Character In this man….Be willing to bet He was trying to protect His female friend from jumping to Her death….I believe this Is somebody whose heart Is as big as It Is on the football field…I trust His judgement…