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John Abraham blames 'bad timing' for obstruction charges

Falcons defensive end John Abraham said "bad timing" was behind the charge of obstructing Atlanta police officers.

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John Abraham says arrest was 'bad timing'

After a Monday night arrest landed John Abraham in jail until early Tuesday morning, the Falcons defensive end told the Associated Press on Thursday that the obstruction of justice charges were a matter of "bad timing."

"I think at this moment I don't want to talk about my side," Abraham said. "Once we get everything clarified and get everything going the right way -- because we're still in a legal situation that we need to get cleared out and everything. But, you know, sometimes it's just bad timing. I'm not going to fault anybody at all. It was just that things happen in life."

Atlanta police officer Christopher Blaise told reporters earlier in the week that Abraham had refused to leave a taped off area while police officers and firefighters were trying to calm a woman that was threatening to jump from a building window. Blaise also said that Abraham smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet.

Abraham, 34, has been in the NFL for 13 seasons and is in his seventh season as a member of the Falcons. His 114 career sacks are the most among active players and place him No. 15 on the all-time list, 7.5 sacks behind Clyde Simmons.


Falcons release statement on John Abraham arrest

The Atlanta Falcons released a statement on defensive end John Abraham's arrest that was similar to the one they released when running back Michael Turner was arrested just a week ago.

The team is aware of the situation, but not commenting any further at this time, the statement said.

Abraham was arrested by Atlanta police on Monday night on charges of obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters. According to John Chaffee of the Atlanta Police Department's Public Affairs Unit, police and fire officials responded to a call about a woman threatening to jump from a Midtown building, but Abraham refused to leave the scene and was therefore arrested.

Abraham has five tackles and a pair of sacks for the 3-0 Falcons this season. The Falcons are just one of three teams that remain undefeated, despite recent run-ins with police.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.


Make that 2 Falcons players arrested

For the second time in a week, a Falcons player has been arrested. What's going on in Atlanta?

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