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Falcons receiver Eric Weems facing DUI charge
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Falcons receiver Eric Weems facing DUI charge

Published Dec. 17, 2009 5:36 p.m. ET

Atlanta Falcons receiver and return specialist Eric Weems is facing a charge for driving under the influence last month near Atlanta.

According to DeKalb County jail records, Weems was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with DUI. He was booked and released on $1,100 bond on Nov. 17, five days before he had a 4-yard touchdown catch at the New York Giants.

The DeKalb County police report was not immediately available.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Wednesday night he became aware of Weems' arrest on Tuesday.


``We don't like these kinds of incidents and they're disappointing,'' Smith said.

Weems was not available for interviews on Wednesday. He issued an apology in a statement released by the team.

``I am embarrassed about the situation and I sincerely apologize to the entire Atlanta Falcons organization and our great fans,'' Weems said.

Another Falcons player, Jonathan Babineaux, is facing a felony marijuana possession charge following his arrest last week.

Weems, from Ormond Beach, Fla., and Bethune-Cookman College, has six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He is the team's top return specialist with 41 kickoff returns for 1,072 yards and 20 punt returns for 198 yards.


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