ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested Monday night on two misdemeanor obstruction charges when he allegedly refused to leave an area taped off by police.
Fulton County jail records showed Abraham remained in jail late Monday night pending bond of $7,000, or $3,500 for each of the obstruction charges.
WAGA-TV reported Abraham allegedly entered a taped-off area where a woman was threatening to jump off a building. Abraham was arrested after refusing requests from firefighters and police to leave the area.
The arrest of Abraham, the team’s top pass rusher, comes one week after running back Michael Turner’s drunken driving arrest. Turner, also charged with speeding, was allowed to play in Sunday’s 27-3 win in San Diego.
The Falcons issued a short statement Monday night, saying the team was “aware of the news regarding John Abraham. We are in the process of gathering more information and we will have no further comment at this time.”
The 34-year-old Abraham is the NFL’s active career leader with 114 sacks, including two in the Falcons’ 3-0 start. He led the team with 9½ sacks last season and remains a key starter.
Abraham, a free agent after last season, signed a three-year, $16.72 million contract to remain with the Falcons. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the New York Jets. He set a career high with 16½ sacks with Atlanta in 2008.
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