For the second time in two weeks, the Atlanta Falcons are being forced to deal with one of their biggest stars having a run-in with the law. A week ago, it was running back Michael Turner being arrested for DUI and speeding and now, it's defensive end, John Abraham. Abraham was arrested Monday night after allegedly walking into a taped-off area where a woman was threatening to jump out of a hotel window. Abraham didn't listen to orders from a firefighter and nearby police officers that attempted to make the Pro Bowler leave, but to no avail. He was charged with obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters. Abraham was released from Fulton County Jail after posting $7,000 bond ($3,500 for each offense) early Tuesday morning.
According to the Associated Press, the Falcons declined to comment on the matter and said that no comment would be made until the normal press conference for Coach Mike Smith on Wednesday. The Falcons allowed Turner to play in their 27-3 victory against the San Diego Chargers and with this offense being the less severe of the two, I don't see why Abraham - the league's active sacks leader - won't start in the Falcons week four game against the Carolina Panthers.
While no action has taken by the league in Turner's case, we have seen in the past that the league doesn't look kindly upon teams that allow this type of behavior to happen on a regular basis. Years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were filled with players clogging up the police report and the league answered by suspending the offenders. If this type of behavior continues in Atlanta, the league may have no other choice than to take action on the entire team. With a 3-0 record and Matt Ryan looking like the next Peyton Manning, the Falcons need their players to stay on the field and out of the prison cell if they want to continue their hot start.
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Hobson Lopes is a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, thanks to Deion Sanders and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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