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Falcons speak on Babineaux, but say nothing

In some cities (like Pittsburgh), a player drug arrest on Thursday night before a key game will get the player benched and/or deactivated.

Though it remains to be seen whether the Falcons will shut down defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux in response to his creation of an unwanted distraction less than 60 hours before a make-or-break effort against the 12-0 Saints, the team has issued a statement about the situation, in which they say nothing.

“We are aware of the situation concerning Jonathan Babineaux and are in the process of gathering information,” the team said in a release.  “Because this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

In fairness to the Falcons, it’s likely that no decision regarding whether Babineaux will play on Sunday has been made, since the matter just landed on their radar screen within the past few hours. 

Technically, the substance abuse policy prevents teams from imposing discipline on a player who is arrested on drug charges.  But that hasn’t stopped some teams from doing it; in 2008, the Steelers deactivated receiver Santonio Holmes after he was arrested three days before a home game against the Giants.

The Steelers lost that October game, 21-14.  They would go on to finish 12-4 and win the Super Bowl.

For the 6-6 Falcons, who are already a game plus a tiebreaker behind the 7-5 Giants for the sixth seed in the NFC playoff field, the circumstances aren’t conducive to taking a stand based on principle.

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11 Responses to “Falcons speak on Babineaux, but say nothing”
  1. wydok says: Dec 11, 2009 10:16 AM

    Heck, Juqua Parker was busted for pot during training camp and the Eagles removed him as a starter.
    Of course, it might have been a coincidence.

  2. Patsfan1776 says: Dec 11, 2009 10:18 AM

    He must not have been issued his Atlanta Falcons water bottle with false bottom.

  3. Favre On HGH says: Dec 11, 2009 10:19 AM

    “We are aware of the situation concerning Jonathan Babineaux and are in the process of gathering information,” the team said in a release. “Because this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
    Considering he was arrested for possession it is pretty cut and dry. He was driving a vehicle and an officer found marijuana in it. Can say whatever about marijuana, but it is still an illegal substance.
    If it was an assault charge or something else that depends on witness statements it is understandable to delay judgment – innocent until guilty. With this is is pretty clear what is going on, maybe just want to wait for a statement from Babby.

  4. floriohatestheravens says: Dec 11, 2009 10:29 AM

    Florio – Why do you feel the need to mention the STEELERS in every goddamn post on this site???
    Seriously, this is getting ridiculous at this point….

  5. BigEasy33 says: Dec 11, 2009 10:39 AM

    Arthur Blank is just happy is not dog fighting charges….it’s only Marijowanna….it’s not like Babineaux isn’t retarded…he was more than likely on his way to pick up the Whizzinator so he could be clean by the end of the night.
    He’s just gotta be more smarter and have his dealer deliver it to his house or send one of his boyz out to pick up his dry cleaning and his marijowanna…but then again another example of retards with money and not knowing how to live a lifestyle other than the one they had before they got the money.
    He’ll be out of football soon….or he’ll realize like Ricky Williams realized….if he sticks it out he’ll save enough money to smoke weed for the rest of his life!!

  6. EricTheClown says: Dec 11, 2009 10:56 AM

    Maybe he thought he was taking Star Caps.
    Those guys never got suspended…

  7. rjgreen3 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:22 AM

    can someone please explain to me why so many professional athletes drive around with expired registrations and drivers’ license? with the $ they have why not just hire a driver? damn near everytime one of them gets into trouble, they also have vehicle and or license problems!

  8. bofarr says: Dec 11, 2009 11:46 AM

    If you’re a brother coming back from your dealer with 40 grams of pot in a pimped Escalade with blacked out windows in Gwinnett, a mostly white, middle to upper class suburban county just north east of Atlanta, don’t you think you would make sure your plate was current and the light worked?
    Just sayin’.

  9. Mean D says: Dec 11, 2009 11:51 AM

    Falcons never take action against their thugs until it is forced on them. And they have NEVER had back to back winning seasons.

  10. Route36West says: Dec 11, 2009 4:54 PM

    The Giants are the 7th seed in the NFC playoff field not the sixth.

  11. DukeBunswalker says: Dec 12, 2009 2:34 PM

    Can someone tell me again why weed is illegal? It makes watching football so much better.

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