Atlanta Falcons star defensive end John Abraham was arrested for obstruction of police and fire fighters.
By FS SOUTH STAFF FS South
John Abraham, the Atlanta Falcons' four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, was arrested Monday when he failed to leave the scene where police were responding to a woman threatening to jump from a building.
Abraham was arrested for obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters and booked in the Fulton County Jail on the misdemeanor charges. Fulton County jail records showed Abraham remained in jail late Monday night pending bond of $7,000.
Police were responding to a woman threatening to jump from a building in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station area, according to John Chafee of the APD’s Public Affairs Unit in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman did not jump and was taken to a local hospital.
Officers were moving people away from the scene when Abraham entered the taped-off area, Jones said.
Jones said Abraham "was confronted by an Atlanta firefighter who repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene."
"Mr. Abraham refused to leave and nearby officers had to respond to Mr. Abraham's location," Jones said. "The officers also ordered Mr. Abraham to leave and he again refused and insisted on continuing further into the scene. Officers then took Mr. Abraham into custody."
Abraham has a condo at Twelve, a hotel and condominium tower at the Atlantic Station real estate development.
Abraham is the second Falcon arrested in the past week. Starting running back Michael Turner was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and speeding. Turner apologized for the incident and rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 27-3 win over the San Diego Chargers.
The Falcons released the following statement: “We are 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.”
Abraham, the NFL's active leader with 114 career sacks, is in his 13th season and signed a three-year deal worth $16.7 million in the offseason to remain in Atlanta.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report