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Jonathan Babineaux arrested on drug charges

Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who once faced felony animal cruelty charges, is contending today with a new legal predicament.

He has been arrested on multiple charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

We received a tip regarding the arrest earlier this morning, but the name that appears on the Gwinnett County criminal docket is “Jonathan Joel Babineoux.”  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has recently reported that Babineaux was arrested on drug charges, so apparently “Jonathan Joel Babineoux” is actually “Jonathan Joel Babineaux.”

Babineoux/Babineaux was booked at 1:00 a.m. ET and released at 5:10 a.m. ET. 

Babineaux was arrested after police officers smelled marijuana during a routine traffic stop.  They found three bags containing 40 grams of marijuana.

Per the AJC, the team has not commented on the matter.

Babineaux, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension in November 2008, will face potential discipline under the league’s substance abuse policy, which covers criminal charges arising from alcohol and/or drug use.  The Personal Conduct Policy applies to criminal allegations unrelated to alcohol and/or drugs.

On Sunday, the Falcons host the 12-0 Saints.  It’s currently unknown whether the arrest will affect Babineaux’s availability to play.  He has started all 12 games this year; he also started every game for the Falcons in 2008.

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42 Responses to “Jonathan Babineaux arrested on drug charges”
  1. Hap says: Dec 11, 2009 9:17 AM

    What grade maryjane was he totin ?
    Isn’t this following along the lines of MV in Atl ?

  2. leatherneck says: Dec 11, 2009 9:20 AM

    Innocent until proven guilty.

  3. KAP2281 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:27 AM

    Reset the arrest meter…tough year for the dirty birds…

  4. BigEasy33 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:29 AM

    I’m sure it wasn’t his herb….

  5. Favre On HGH says: Dec 11, 2009 9:31 AM

    40 grams is a very generous ounce, 28 grams is standard ounce.
    So basically carrying 4 ounces, for a big baller like him it is generally enough for personal use for him and friends.
    Having it is separate packages gets the distribution addition and the overall quantity is enough to do it in most areas as well.
    Hey dumba$$ have your buddies pick it up and deliver it for you, you play in the NFL.
    Why can’t anyone put it off for a few years and play clean ball until their career ends and then do whatever drugs they want.
    LT’s crack habit hasn’t hurt his image much.

  6. MakingitRain says: Dec 11, 2009 9:33 AM

    Is marijuana still illegal? Who gives a crap if someone is smoking weed these days. Welcome to the bible belt dude.

  7. mr_snrub says: Dec 11, 2009 9:36 AM

    Had me going there. Arrested 0n drug charges s0unds rather bad, but then to find out it is only marijuana is a big let down.
    BFD.

  8. 1stngoal says: Dec 11, 2009 9:39 AM

    Well… In tough economic times such as these, JohnnyJoe’s gotta find alternative ways to make ends meet,right??? LOL

  9. Rex Grossman says: Dec 11, 2009 9:39 AM

    University of Iowa represent!

  10. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Dec 11, 2009 9:39 AM

    so apparently “Jonathan Joel Babineoux” is actually “Jonathan Joel Babineaux.”
    Before some of you get all confused, the first “Babineoux” is spelled “eoux”, and the second, is spelled “eaux”.
    So you dont need to write comments about how dumb Florio is, because the sentence didnt make sense……

  11. Cubano says: Dec 11, 2009 9:40 AM

    Email traffic between Babineaux and Florio:
    “First of all Florio, don’t be postin here like you some straight up G, cause I’ll cut ya balls off and hand ‘em to ya, patna. I had to warn you too many times about my money & my weed, Florio. You see, it’s the principal. There’s principalities in the whole thing.”

  12. Living_Legend says: Dec 11, 2009 9:41 AM

    Reset the ratard meter..

  13. Levito says: Dec 11, 2009 9:41 AM

    Damn, that’s a lot of weed. Was it 3 bags of 40 grams each or 3 bags totaling 40 grams. Legally, there’s actually a big difference in most states.

  14. sdffa11 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:45 AM

    40 grams is hardly “intent to distribute”.

  15. Sporkdevil says: Dec 11, 2009 9:45 AM

    The Boone Stutz curse is alive and well.
    What other reason could prevent back to back winning seasons?

  16. hey-seuss says: Dec 11, 2009 9:46 AM

    Schiralli said the officer searched the SUV because he smelled marijuana. The officer found three bags containing a total of 40 grams of marijuana.
    In addition to the possession charges, Babineaux is charged with having no tag light and driving without a license and with an expired tag. He also was charged with tinting his car windows too much.
    Babineaux has been arrested before in Gwinnett County. In 2007, he was charged with killing his girlfriend’s dog, a pit bull-mix , but the animal cruelty case was dismissed nine months later.
    An autopsy ruled the dog, Kilo (YES…that’s right…the dog’s name was KILO), died of blunt force trauma to the head.
    Translation – DOUCHEBAGGARY

  17. samh says: Dec 11, 2009 9:46 AM

    What are you doing writing about this? Don’t you know the 12/17 Jaguars game may or may not be blacked out???????????

  18. jkorn1818 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:48 AM

    intent to sell? he was probably picking up a stash to keep in his house.

  19. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Dec 11, 2009 9:50 AM

    AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwww……………….
    Well, he’ll miss many games next season………………….. There’s no second round pick this upcoming draft and a need for a shutdown corner in the 1st round……………Jamaal Anderson the third year dynamo can help out a bit at DT……………. DT Thomas Johnson will stay around…………………. 1st round pick in 2009 DT Peria Jerry will be back for his second year after playing in a whopping TWO games this year before IR………………. DT Trey Lewis will be here after being inactive most of the season………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  20. The Michael says: Dec 11, 2009 9:53 AM

    Thug a** loser.

  21. Slappy says: Dec 11, 2009 9:55 AM

    Welcome to the 16th Century America, Yes there are such things as Witches, we just call them “druggies” now.
    Decriminalize and start taxing…. WAKE UP GOVERNMENT.

  22. Drat says: Dec 11, 2009 9:56 AM

    Maybe smoking weed is what keeps him mellow enough to not abuse animals any more.

  23. KingJoe! says: Dec 11, 2009 9:56 AM

    Intent to deliver???? What crap! Yep, ganja should be legal, but short of that, the amount of pot you have should not change how you are charged. If a pot buyer can buy it less often in bigger quantities, doesnt that reduce the drug traffic in neighborhoods wehre pot is sold? Wouldn’t less traffic, lower the possibility that there will be violence? Come now people, pot is smoked legally in 13 states, and a state such as GA is still moving possesion into the Felony neighborhood? What flippin joke!

  24. PETTE says: Dec 11, 2009 9:59 AM

    what a dumbass man 25 million bucks aint enough i guess

  25. YP2K says: Dec 11, 2009 10:03 AM

    Surprised Florio didn’t find a way to blame Michael Vick for this . . .

  26. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 11, 2009 10:04 AM

    Favre On HGH says:
    December 11, 2009 9:31 AM
    40 grams is a very generous ounce, 28 grams is standard ounce.
    So basically carrying 4 ounces, for a big baller like him it is generally enough for personal use for him and friends.
    ———————————————
    first, where does it say it was a 40gram ounce? and how can 40 grams even be an ounce? i was not aware of standard and non standard ounces
    secondly, where on earth did you see 4 ounces written anywhere in this article??
    lastly, put the bong down, it is obviously affecting your thought process

  27. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 11, 2009 10:04 AM

    Mike, where is that arrest-o-meter you used to have?
    Too un-PC now for you to run it?

  28. SATAN567 says: Dec 11, 2009 10:11 AM

    So are you going reset the “days without an arrest” counter? It still reads 11.

  29. footballrulz says: Dec 11, 2009 10:11 AM

    Personally, if he killed KILO he should be thrown under the jail-he was aquitted though so only he knows what really happened. As far as the weed, I don’t care if he had a kilo. Big deal. I’d rather be driving beside a stoned driver than a drunk driver, any day.

  30. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Dec 11, 2009 10:14 AM

    legalize it…

  31. CaseyInKC says: Dec 11, 2009 10:34 AM

    Maybe him and Michael Phelps should hang out. Honestly who cares about pot anymore? Its illegal for all the wrong reasons… (domination of the farming industry)

  32. rarson says: Dec 11, 2009 10:35 AM

    “40 grams is a very generous ounce, 28 grams is standard ounce.
    So basically carrying 4 ounces…”
    Where the hell did you learn math? An ounce is an ounce. You do realize that people actually weigh it when they sell it, right? That’s why an ounce is called an ounce. 40 grams is less than 1.5 ounces.

  33. SATAN says: Dec 11, 2009 10:39 AM

    LEGALIZE POT

  34. VonClausewitz says: Dec 11, 2009 10:50 AM

    Welcome to the bible belt indeed. And if 40 grams constitutes dealing I’ll take this as conclusive evidence that people from Atlanta are functionally retarded. Honestly how do you Americans let this type of fiasco justice stand unchallenged?

  35. joelbcajun says: Dec 11, 2009 10:50 AM

    You know he could have tried to drown someone with bleach and the dirty birds are gonna play him Sunday. No class team. WHO DAT!!!!

  36. VoxVeritas says: Dec 11, 2009 11:03 AM

    Three sacks with a total of 40 grams = slightly under 0.5 oz per sack if distributed evenly. Maybe that’s where the “intent to deliver” part comes from.

  37. topcide says: Dec 11, 2009 11:07 AM

    However, at the bar down the street it was business as usual, feeding people shots of whiskey at 5 bucks a pop untill they vomited, drove home plastered, and missed work the next day due to a massive hangover.

  38. goetta-head says: Dec 11, 2009 11:24 AM

    It was bricked up shwag

  39. Ditka96 says: Dec 11, 2009 11:40 AM

    So that is why he was playing at such a “high” level this year.

  40. nationscapital10 says: Dec 11, 2009 12:25 PM

    Why even write 40 grams, so that all the nerds of society can be like, oh my gosh…40!
    Its is an ounce and a half. If it was 3 bags, than it was 3 half ounce bags.
    In man states, an ounce is de-criminalized. In many countries, it is legal.
    This is stupid for an nfl player to be driving around with, but there will be no jail time for this. And whoever is behind writing 40 grams, should be shot. The only thing were weighing in grams is the white powder.

  41. Bob S. says: Dec 11, 2009 12:46 PM

    They showed a photo all over the web on Monday the day after the Eagles/Falcons game of the 2 dog mutilators Vick and his ex-teamate Babineaux meeting at midfield before the game.

  42. ALSTOTT UP THE GUT says: Dec 11, 2009 10:28 PM

    Let me tell you about the state of georgia……anything over a single ounce (28 g) makes you a dealer in the eyes of the law.
    Also, possessing two separate bags also makes you a dealer (bringing the intent to distribute charge) in that state. Meaning….if this cat had been riding around with 3 dime bags totaling less than a quarter ounce, he’s getting that same felony intent charge that he got here.
    It’s ludacris.

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