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Police say Abraham intoxicated when arrested

Atlanta's leading pass rusher, John Abraham, was arrested Monday night on two misdemeanor obstruction charges.

Atlanta's leading pass rusher, John Abraham, was arrested Monday night on two misdemeanor obstruction charges.

ATLANTA — The police officer who arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham said Abraham was “obviously intoxicated” as he refused requests to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police on Monday night.

In a police report released on Tuesday, Officer Christopher Blaise of the Atlanta police department said Abraham “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him, his speech was extremely slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet” when he was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of obstruction.

Fulton County jail records showed Abraham was released from custody Tuesday at 1:24 a.m. on a $7,000 total bond, or $3,500 for each charge.

The arrest of Abraham, the team’s top pass rusher, came one week after running back Michael Turner’s drunken driving arrest. Turner, also charged with speeding, was allowed to play in Sunday’s 27-3 win in San Diego.

The Falcons are off on Tuesday and there was no word from the team on Abraham’s status for Sunday’s game against Carolina.

Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Tuesday he did not expect a comment from the team on Abraham’s arrest before coach Mike Smith has his normal news conference on Wednesday.

The Falcons said late Monday the team was gathering more information on the incident.

Abraham’s arrest came after Atlanta firefighters and police responded to a report of a female threatening to jump from a hotel window Monday night, according to Officer K. Y. Jones.

Officers were moving people away from the scene when Abraham entered the taped-off area.

Blaise said firefighter Jeff Schultz said he asked Abraham to leave at least three times. Blaise said he and a hotel security officer also asked Abraham to remain behind the tape.

Blaise said Abraham “argued with me, stating that he lived at the location and that he owned three condos there.” Blaise said he told Abraham other residents were patiently waiting behind the line. Blaise said Abraham continued to argue and was arrested after being asked “at least five more times” to move behind the taped-off area.

Abraham was charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters.

Jones said the woman did not jump.

Abraham, 34, is the NFL’s active career leader with 114 sacks, including two in the Falcons’ 3-0 start. He led the team with 9½ sacks last season and remains a key starter.

Abraham, a free agent after last season, signed a three-year, $16.72 million contract to remain with the Falcons. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the New York Jets. He set a career high with 16½ sacks with Atlanta in 2008.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Put him under the jail. Thanks!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Hey, NFL........why not hire some non-Thugs to play? It would be much simpler. And I might start watching again.

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TRUTH101 2 years ago

Tired of all the "color" in the NFL huh???? LOL... You would rather have some good ole boys like Ricky-Bobby and Buba-Ray making all that money LMFAO

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straightface 2 years ago

So let me get this right.. he got arrested for trying to help a women who was trying to jump off a building.. REally? and sister ruby you say put him under the jail.. WOW!

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Covingtonian 2 years ago

No you didn't get it right and I didn't see this in this report but the Atlanta news media wsb radio is reporting he had no connection with the woman and that it appeared he just wanted a better viewing area.

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waltspecht 2 years ago

No, he got arrested for refusing to follow a lawful command to leave an area when authorities were trying to help the women. Interestingly enough in the past it is usually a heckler telling someone to jump that this action is taken against. A truely concerned individual is usually just removed and not arrested. At least in my limited experience.

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straightface 2 years ago

well maybe he knew the women or he was invloved in her wanting to jump the reason he took somuch interest in risking going to jail to try and help her.. knowing how bad this would affect his career.

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VSU 2 years ago

Whether he was the reason the woman wanted to jump or not, that does not make him a thug. Based on the story reported here we don't know all the facts.

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TRUTH101 2 years ago

VSU you are right...Ruby just saw a black man in a NFL uniform and ASSumed he was a thug.... I have leaned to over look many of her comments because she has proven that she severely lacks comprehension skills....

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VSU 2 years ago

Long live the NFL...Go Falcons.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years ago

WOW, VSU stood up for a Black man???? Holy crap....He must not be taking his meds....

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VSU 2 years ago

The man being black has nothing to do with it. I don't feel under the circumstances that he should have been arrested and I hope the Falcons or the league does not fine him or anything. It's not like he was dealing drugs, assaulting someone or robbing anybody.

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tywebb 2 years ago

8+ times he was asked by police, firemen, and security to get back behind the tape. how many times is too many?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Anybody want to re-think their comments after the article update? I know I don't.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I just think that the NFL and the NBA should have the same diversity standards and goals that businesses, colleges, and other entities. That would mean that all races would be represented based on U.S. demographics which would result in about 14-16% black athletes in either sport. Legal precedent would imply that if this were not the case, there must be some kind of racial discrimination afoot.

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