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Ex-Falcons John Abraham arrested for DUI in June

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, was recently arrested and charged for driving under the influence/alcohol in DeKalb County.

This undated photo provided by the Dekalb County Police, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, shows Arizona Cardinals NFL football player John Abraham. Authorities say the former Atlanta Falcons player, who has been absent from the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp since Friday, was arrested a month ago in suburban Atlanta. The jail records state that Abraham was charged with driving under the influence involving alcohol; and stopping, standing or parking in a prohibited place. (AP Photo/Dekalb County Police)

This undated photo provided by the Dekalb County Police, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, shows Arizona Cardinals NFL football player John Abraham. (AP Photo/Dekalb County Police)

Abraham was also charged with stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified place. He was jailed and released on June 29.

Abraham was released by the Falcons after the 2012 season. He went on to have Pro Bowl campaign with the Arizona Cardinals last season as the Falcons’ fortunes dipped to 4-12. The move to release the team’s best pass-rusher was not popular among the fan-base.

Abraham, 36, is the NFL’s reigning active sacks leader. From a football perspective, the shocking note on the DeKalb County’s website is that Abraham is listed at 225 points, almost 40 pounds under his playing weight of 263.

A Cardinals spokesperson told the Arizona Republic on Monday said the team is aware of the arrest, but the spokesperson declined further comment.

In September 2012, Abraham was arrested and booked into the Fulton County jail on obstruction charges.

Abraham refused police officers and firefighters orders to leave the scene as a woman was threatening to jump from a building at Atlanta Station.

According to the police report, officers were putting up crime scene tape when Abraham entered the restricted area. A firefighter repeatedly told him to step back, but the 6-foot-4 263 pound NFL veteran wouldn’t listen.

Abraham was later released on $7,000 bond and left in a waiting car.

If found guilty of the most recent arrest, Abraham would be subject to fine and/or suspension by the NFL.

Abraham has yet to report training camp as Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he’s been excused for personal reasons.

Abraham is currently in ninth place on the NFL’s all-time list with 133½. He needs 8½ more to move into fifth place ahead of Michael Strahan (141½), who’s set to be inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame on Saturday.

In October 2003, while playing for the New York Jets, Abraham was arrested and charged with DUI after crashing his sports utility vehicle. He pled guilty to driving while impaired and avoided jail time.

 

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