For the second time in a week, a high-profile starter for the Atlanta Falcons has been arrested.
A week after running back Michael Turner was booked by Gwinnett County police on charges of DUI and speeding, defensive end John Abraham was arrested by Atlanta police on Monday night and charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters during an incident at Atlantic Station.
According to several media outlets including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a woman was threatening to jump off the 26-story Twelve luxury suite hotel at the mixed-use development and Atlanta safety personnel had the crime scene area taped off.
Abraham, who “might” live in the building and had “no connection” to the suicidal woman as reported by WSB Radio, allegedly entered the crime scene to get a closer look at the situation. When an Atlanta firefighter asked him repeatedly to leave, Abraham refused.
Police officers then ordered Abraham to vacate the scene and after he reportedly continued to refuse, he was arrested and charged with the two misdemeanors.
Abraham, the NFL’s active career leader in quarterback sacks with 114, was released early Tuesday morning after posting $7,000 bond.
In a statement issued Monday night, the Falcons’ organization said it was “aware of the news regarding John Abraham. We are in the process of gathering more information and we will have no further comment at this time.”
The Falcons defeated the Chargers 27-3 in San Diego on Sunday and are one of three undefeated teams in the NFL. The 34-year-old Abraham signed a three-year, $16.72 million contract with Atlanta during the offseason after leading the team with 9 1/2 sacks last year.