The AJC reports that Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was arrested on Thursday night with charges of marijuana possession. Babineaux was released from Gwinnett County Jail early Friday morning after paying $8,300 bond.
Babineaux along with another man, Aaron Robinson, were charged with felony possession of marijuana after an officer pulled them over on I-85 north in Babineaux’s vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana and found a total of 40 grams. Babineaux is also charged with having no tag light, driving without a license, having tinted windows that were too dark, and having an expired tag.
The Falcons released a statement on Friday in regards to the arrest:
We are aware of the situation concerning Jonathan Babineaux and are in the process of gathering information. Because this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.
Head coach Mike Smith indicated that he did not feel that Babineaux’s arrest would not create a distraction to the team for this weekend’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons have not indicated whether or not Babineaux will play this weekend. If not, then it’s possible that rookie Vance Walker could start in his place.
This is not the first time that Babineaux has had run-ins with the law. He was charged with killing his girlfriend’s dog back in February 2007, but the charges of animal cruelty were later dismissed months later after it was believed Babineaux was acting in self defense.