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Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested Monday night for not leaving the scene of a suicide attempt.
This is the second week in a row that a member of the Atlanta Falcons was arrested on a Monday night. And of all the things someone could be arrested for, who would have guessed Abraham would be arrested for not exiting a suicide scene? Who even knew this could constitute a crime?
Abraham was charged with a misdemeanor obstruction of police and obstruction of firefighters and he was booked at Fulton County jail, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The police say that they were responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump off a building. Officers reportedly moved people away from the scene and put up crime scene tape to restrict onlookers from the area, reports the Journal Constitution. However, Abraham allegedly entered the restricted area and was confronted by a firefighter who repeatedly ordered him to leave.
Nearby officers then joined in and told Abraham to leave the scene. Instead of complying, the Falcons defensive end is said to have continued further into the scene, causing police to arrest him, reports the Journal Constitution.
Ultimately, the woman did not jump and was uninjured. Perhaps she was heartened by the NFL player's interest in her plight.
Now John Abraham will have to deal with his misdemeanor charges. A good criminal defense lawyer may be able to capitalize on Abraham's celebrity status and work out a plea deal where the popular player will perform community service and avoid other penalties.
Given the string of NFL arrests in the offseason, John Abraham's arrest and alleged infraction is relatively minor in comparison. As a result, don't expect NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to chime in. His time should be preoccupied by the replacement refs problem anyway.
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