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Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling was arrested outside Atlanta for possession of marijuana early Friday morning according to Lona Panther of the Barrow County News. At approximately 3:35 am, Snelling’s SUV was seen swerving in its lane on Friday morning, and was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. After being questioned following the officer sensing a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Snelling admitted that he had been smoking earlier in the evening at a friend’s home and that there was trace amounts of marijuana within the vehile.
During the further search of the vehicle, Snelling was reportedly seen swallowing excessively and suspected of eating marijuana. Snelling faced additional charges upon his booking including an expired driver’s license, and failure to maintain insurance and vehicle registration. Since his arrest, he was released on bond.
Snelling was limited in practice this week due to a knee injury, and missed Friday’s practice due to his arrest.
Atlanta’s FOX 5 News reports that Falcons safety William Moore was arrested Thursday in Fulton County on simple battery charges. Details of his arrest have yet to be disclosed. The Falcons issued a brief statement indicated their awareness of the situation and no further comment due to the legal nature of the matter.
Moore signed a brand new five-year deal worth nearly $30 million with the Falcons as a free agent in March. Moore is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, serving as an injury replacement for the NFC squad. Moore is coming off a season where he had a career-high 75 tackles, along with 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a sack.
For the second time in as many weeks, a Falcon player was arrested. This time, defensive end John Abraham was arrested for obstructing police and firefighters on Monday night. Abraham was charged with misdemeanor offenses. Per the AJC, Abraham was asked repeatedly by officers to exit a scene surrounding a woman threatening to jump from a building in midtown Atlanta.
Last week, Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested for a DUI following the Falcons win against the Denver Broncos.
Per a report by the AJC, Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested and charged with DUI early this morning following the team’s Monday Night Football win over the Denver Broncos. Turner was pulled over for going 97 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-85 north of Atlanta just after 4 am. The arresting officer smelled alcohol on Turner, and was arrested and jailed. He was released around 7 am this morning on $2,179 bond.
In the Falcons win over the Broncos, Turner rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries and the Falcons first touchdown on the night.
The team released a statement this morning in regards to Turner’s arrest:
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”
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)
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that at today’s family violence hearing, the case against Falcons cornerback Chris Owens was dismissed by a Gwinnett County Superior Court. Last week, LaTia Terry, Owens’ ex-girlfriend and mother of their 9-month old son, filed a police report alleging that Owens destroyed $15,000 worth of items in her apartment although charges were never filed against him. The case was dismissed when Terry and Owens agreed to work together to establish parental rights and shared parenting time.
Owens denied the allegations, indicating that Terry was unhappy with their relationship and sought “revenge.”
Last year, Owens was named Falcons Man of the Year due to his work in the community and nominated for the league-wide Walter Payton Award.
TMZ reports that the ex-girlfriend of Falcons corner Christopher Owens alleges that the player smashed up her apartment. Owens is the father of LaTia Terry’s 9-month old son. According to a Gwinnett County police report, Terry left her home late Sunday night and did not return until the next morning. She had locked the door when she left and returned to a locked apartment, as there were no signs of forced entry.
According to the police report, there were holes in the dry wall and on the flat screen television. Pictures were found on the floor with holes in them, as well as broken items in the baby’s room (crib and lamp) and master bedroom (mirror). Inside the master closet, jewelry, shoes, clothes, and purses worth an estimated $15,000 were found in a pile with bleach poured over them.
Terry filed a temporary protective order against Owens on Monday. The police have yet to officially name Owens as a suspect in the case according to the AJC, although a police spokesman indicated that charges could be filed and an arrest could be made in the future once more information is known.
Falcons safety William Moore was arrested Tuesday afternoon for traffic and moving violations. He was released from Gwinnett County jail late Tuesday evening. Moore was arrested for speeding, driving with a suspended license, and failure to appear in court.
Citing sources, Pro Football Talk reports that the arrest stemmed from Moore’s failure to pay a speeding ticket from several months ago. Moore had two tickets, resolved the first one, but then had the second one go unresolved. Which led to the failure to appear in court and the suspension of his license.
According to PFT, the issue is likely to be resolved fairly quickly, and seems unlikely to cause any further discipline by the league after the lockout is resolved.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will be suspended without pay for the Falcons 2010 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, stemming from his December 2009 arrest for marijuana possession. In July, Babineaux pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession charge and received a year’s probation and a $1500 fine.
Babineaux joins guard Quinn Ojinnaka and linebacker Robert James as Falcons that will sit out at least one game this upcoming season.