Recapping the news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of July 17…
Blank and Owners approve new CBA
After expressing his optimism about an impending solution to the league’s labor crisis, Falcons owner Arthur Blank was among 31 NFL owners that voted to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday at the NFL Owners meeting in Atlanta. Owners approved the deal in a 31-0 vote, with only Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis abstaining from the vote.
The holdup from the resumption of football is the players needing to approve the deal as well. Currently players are reviewing the new 400-plus page document, and then will have to vote to recertify their union. No vote appears to be immediately imminent as several minor last-minute issues have forced the players to delay. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter, AJC)
Ex-Falcons LB wanted by police
Ex-Falcons linebacker Ken Tippins is wanted by authorities in Adel, GA as part of a drug investigation. Last Thursday, Adel Police executed three search warrants after a six-month investigation that led to the arrest of five suspects. Still wanted is Tippins and his son, Kenneth Jr. Investigators were able to seize over $5,000 in money and approximately $2,500 worth of drugs in the bust, including crack cocaine and marijuana. Tippins was released from prison last August, after serving one year of a ten-year sentence from a March 2009 conviction stemming from a felony charges of cocaine possession.
Tippins, 45, played six seasons with the Falcons (1990-95). (Source: Jade Bulecza, WALB.com)