Police say Falcons' Abraham was intoxicated when arrested for obstruction

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 7:18 AM
Last updated 8:12 PM
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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.

insisted on continuing further into the scene. Officers then took Mr. Abraham into custody.”

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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Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/25/12 - 07:23 am
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Celebrity mindset

"Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am?"
(Original (c) 2004 by John F.. Kerry)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/12 - 07:49 am
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There could be a story behind this

There could be a story behind this. I wouldn't jump to conclusions. He may have been close friends with her and was trying to talk her out of jumping. I'd think it reasonable if a loved one was up there to try your best even if the police didn't quite understand.

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Jane18 09/25/12 - 08:13 am
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Yes, there could be another story......

I'm sorry, Riverman1. I understand what you are saying, but, lets look at the other side. Just suppose this guy Abraham would have upset the woman more, and really caused a bad outcome. No, people need to listen to the police and fire personnell. They have experience with happenings as this.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/25/12 - 09:26 am
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If I
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lived in downtown Atlanta, I'd be inclined to jump from the roof of a tall building.

allhans
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allhans 09/25/12 - 10:11 am
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The important thing is, the

The important thing is, the Falcons have to get ready to play the Panthers Sunday...leave Abraham alone. :))

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shrimp for breakfast 09/25/12 - 10:42 am
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True Allhans

The Panthers scare me. Plus they're a division rival. I think we've got a great team this year though! I've been a Falcon fan since 1966 when they played their first game and I have suffered through 46 years without a Super Bowl title. God I hope this is our year!
Now if we can just keep our players out of jail!

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Bubbalicious 09/25/12 - 04:48 pm
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Who knows

I'm sure he had what he thought was good reason to be there and wasn't just acting belligerent for the heck of it. Maybe he lived in the building and wanted to go home, knew the woman or whatever. Hope he's not suspended for this. The Falcons need him.

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F4therTime 09/25/12 - 09:49 pm
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just do what the police tell you...why is that so hard to understand? Doesn't matter what your opinions or reasons are when they tell you to leave or move back just do it.

Jake
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Jake 09/25/12 - 10:12 pm
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F4ther Time

I totally agree. The police usually have a reason for their requests. It is always "Yes Sir" or "No Sir" when I talk with them. I would never give any lip to a police officer without expecting a fat lip.

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justthefacts 09/26/12 - 07:26 am
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Good luck Charm

Maybe John saw how well Turner played after being arrested last week and thought...hey.

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