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John Abraham calls his arrest a matter of “bad timing”


Falcons defensive end John Abraham didn’t shine much light on his Monday arrest for obstructing police and firefighters, but said the situation was a matter of “bad timing.”

“At this moment, I don’t want to talk about my side of the story,” Abraham told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Once we get everything verified and get everything going the same way, because we still have a legal situation that we need to get cleared up.

Sometimes, it’s just bad timing. I’m not going to fault anybody at all. Sometimes things happen in life. Sometimes trying to do the right thing, [doesn’t] end up being the right thing.”

Thanks for clearing that up, John.

According to the police report, Abraham was “obviously intoxicated,” when he returned to his condo and a woman was threatening to jump from the building. It is not known if he knew the woman or was just going home.

The police report said Abraham was confronted by a firefighter who “repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene.” When more officers came and ordered him to leave, the report said Abraham “refused and insisted on continuing [farther] into the scene” at which point he was arrested.

Abraham was released on $7,500 bond on the misdemeanor charges.

In case you were wondering, the woman didn’t jump, and wasn’t injured.

Abraham’s biggest problem is one of perception, and, to use his words, bad timing. The Falcons are extremely sensitive to public perception and off-field issues since the Michael Vick days, and having his arrest coming the week after Michael Turner was brought up on DUI charges brings more attention.

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10 Responses to “John Abraham calls his arrest a matter of “bad timing””
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    John would have preferred that the arrest warrant was issued some time in the future, well after his death.

  2. benh999 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    Okay, so he had a few bad ice cubes and wanted to go home and get into bed, but found his home surrounded by a fire department rescue attempt, and was far more determined to go home than he should have been. It’s not like he was trying to interfere with the rescue itself (in the practical sense, not the legal sense), yelling at the woman to jump, or anything like that.

  3. davikes says: Sep 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    The best time to get arrested is at exactly the same time someone else more famous than you gets arrested for something worse.

  4. dsoloaf says: Sep 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    What is wrong with getting drunk as long as you are at your on place? It is not his fault that somebody tried to jump off a building.

  5. daysend564 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    If the Falcons win this weekend, who’s turn is it to be arrested?

  6. nolaisadump says: Sep 27, 2012 3:39 PM

    I think I will wait to hear the whole story before passing judgement. Kinda like when your friends get divorced, you got his side, her side and the truth is somewhere in the middle.

  7. schmitty2 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    I think most people who get arrested would agree it’s “bad timing”

  8. pabrownsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 4:11 PM

    i am not going to judge until the facts come out but it sounds like they came down hard on him for no reason

  9. arzcardinals says: Sep 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    When is getting arrested “good timing?”


  10. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 27, 2012 8:54 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks $7500 bond is really high for two misdemeanors? Does he have a multi-page record already or something?

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