Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham has become the second Falcons player to be arrested in a week after he was accused of obstructing police and firefighters at the scene of an attempted suicide.
Abraham was arrested late on Monday, just days after running back Michael Turner was booked on a DUI charge on September 18.
Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee said that Abraham had entered an area cordoned off with crime scene tape. As the NFL star breached the cordoned-off area, police were attempting to talk down a woman who was threatening to jump from the top of a high-rise hotel.
John Abraham was told to leave the scene by a firefighter and then by police officers, but the footballer refused to be moved. As Chafee said:
“[Abraham] again refused and insisted on continuing further into the scene. Officers then took Mr. Abraham into custody.”
Abraham was charged at the county jail with two misdemeanor counts of obstruction. John Abraham’s relationship with the woman in the incident has not yet been established.
As for the woman in the incident, WSB reports she was taken to a local hospital.
The 34-year-old Abraham was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft when he made an instant impact for the New York Jets. He was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Atlanta’s 2006 NFL Draft first round pick (No. 29).
The Falcons have released a statement saying the team is aware of the incident but declined to comment.