Falcons’ Babineaux says he’s not guilty of charges

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux insists he will be cleared of felony marijuana charges.

Babineaux says in a statement he and his family “have faith that you will see I’m not guilty.”

Babineaux was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday night and charged with possession of 1 ounces of marijuana.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli has said Babineaux and another man, Aaron Robinson, were driving in Babineaux’s 2005 Cadillac Escalade when police pulled them over.

Falcons coach Mike Smith says he doesn’t expect the arrest to be a distraction for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.