According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore was arrested and charged with simple battery on Thursday.
Moore, who made the 2013 Pro Bowl as a replacement for Donte Whitner, re-signed with the Falcons on a five-year deal worth potentially $32 million back in March.
While there are still many details that we don't know, it's safe to say this isn't how the team wants its star safety to conduct himself off the field.
In 2012, the 27-year-old Moore accumulated 76 total tackles, four interceptions, eight pass deflections, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack in 12 games. Although it earned him just his first Pro Bowl appearance, it was his third straight season with impressive production.
Moore's play was a major reason why Atlanta allowed a minuscule 18.7 points per game and narrowly missed a trip to the Super Bowl. The major contract he received in the offseason was proof the organization agrees.
But an arrest isn't a positive way to respond to the organization putting its faith in you and essentially naming you the face of the defense.
The team issued this statement (via AJC.com):
“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information," a Falcons spokesperson said in a statement released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”
Moore has had no prior public run-ins with the law.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known regarding this situation.