Perhaps the Atlanta Falcons need to set a “No Outside on Monday” curfew. For the second Monday in a row, a Falcons’ player has been arrested. Today, City of Atlanta police arrested Falcons defensive end John Abraham at Atlantic Station, a shopping and condominium complex in midtown Atlanta.
Police and fire units were responding to to a call about a woman threatening to jump from one of the Atlantic Station buildings when Abraham refused to exit the scene. Abraham was charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters, according to John Chafee of the APD’s Public Affairs Unit. Both charges are misdemeanors.
According to the police report, police and fire responders moved people away from the area and put up crime scene tape to keep back any onlookers. The police report said Abraham had entered the taped-off area, and was confronted by a firefighter who “repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene.”
Officers who were near Abraham and the firefighter then came over and asked Abraham to leave the area. The report says Abraham “refused and insisted on continuing [farther] into the scene” which then forced officers to arrest him.
A second straight week of bad publicity and press can’t make Falcons head coach Mike Smith happy. Last Monday night, running back Michael Turner was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The Falcons are 3-0 after an impressive win on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, and are quickly being talked about as one of the top teams in the league. Distractions, even ones as small as this, can disrupt things.
Atlanta comes back home to play the Carolina Panthers in the dome this week, and can’t afford to be without Abraham against a quarterback like Cam Newton.