John Abraham Arrested: Latest Details and More on Cardinals Linebacker

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

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Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Darren Urban of has news on Abraham's status for the team's next preseason game:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Josh Weinfuss of has the latest on Abraham's trial:

Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was expected to appear in front of a judge in a suburban Atlanta court Wednesday but his court date on a June DUI charge was pushed back.

Abraham's arraignment was rescheduled to Oct. 10 and 1 p.m. ET, according to the chief clerk at the Municipal Court of Brookhaven in Georgia. That date is a Friday and the Cardinals host the Washington Redskins two days later.

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona talked to Bruce Arians about John Abraham's arrival at training camp:

Earlier, John Weinfuss of reports when fans could expect Abraham to report to training camp:

Arizona Cardinals veteran outside linebacker John Abraham will report to training camp Thursday, according to a source.


The Cardinals have declined to say if his absence and the arrest are related.

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13

Darren Urban of spoke with GM Steve Keim about when he expects John Abraham to return:

General Manager Steve Keim said this afternoon he expects absent linebacker John Abraham 'in the very near future.” Asked if that was next week, Keim said “sooner than next week.'

And when Abraham does arrive, Keim sounded like a man who has no doubt that his veteran will play a role in the 2014 defense.

'It’s the same thing as a guy who is injured,” Keim said. “He has to work his way into playing shape and a guy coming off 11½ sacks at 35 years old, you’d like to think he’s still going to be able to contribute,” Keim said. “He just has to get his legs back under him.'

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 in Arizona previosuly had provided the latest on Abraham's status:

Jurecki later spoke to Bruce Arians about Abraham's eventual arrival:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12

John Abraham is still not with the Cardinals, but may be joining soon according to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 in Arizona:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

Kent Somers of talked to Bruce Arians about John Abraham's potential arrival at Cardinals camp: 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 reported on John Abraham's eventual arrival at Cardinals camp:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 1

Adam Green of provides a statement from John Abraham:

First, I want to apologize to my family and friends, the Cardinals organization, my teammates and the fans for letting them down. I understand the significance of my actions and right now I am taking the necessary steps to handle my personal business. I am very thankful for the support from my family, friends and especially the Cardinals organization during this time in my life. I am looking forward to being back with my teammates in the near future.

Updates from Tuesday, July 29

John Weinfuss of ESPN provides more information on John Abraham's arrest:

An officer found Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl linebacker John Abraham passed out behind the wheel of his black Dodge Challenger at around 4 p.m. ET on June 29 at the intersection of an Atlanta suburb after he had left the Pink Pony strip club, according to the police report.

More details about Abraham's arrest on a DUI charge in an Atlanta suburb emerged Tuesday, including that it took the officer 'several' minutes to wake Abraham, whose speech was "very mumbled" and at time slurred, according to the report.


Abraham said he had two drinks and told offers at the scene that he had been waiting on someone to pick him up but said that person never arrived. Abraham also said he didn't feel safe to drive and didn't want to drive, according to the report.

Abraham failed a series of field sobriety tests, including the walking and balancing tests. He also couldn't recite the alphabet from C to X, according to the report, finally giving up. All of which led him to being arrested.

Original Text

Arizona Cardinals defensive end John Abraham was arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia, his second offense of the sort since joining the NFL.

According to Bob McManaman of, the event took place last month in suburban Atlanta. He added, "Arrest reports in DeKalb County showed that John Antonio Abraham, 36, was detained, questioned and later charged with multiple counts, including DUI, on June 29."

Abraham was charged with a DUI in 2003 as well as a member of the New York Jets. Most recently, the defensive end was arrested in 2012 for obstruction of justice, something he explained by saying, "it was bad timing."

McManaman also quoted the 36-year-old veteran, who explained how he learned from his first mistake last August:

I'm not going through that stuff again. It's a bigger headache than it's worth. I got mine one time, and one time is enough. It's brought more pain than it did anything else. That one night of partying wasn't worth all the things I had to go through.

Kent Somers of previously reported Abraham had not shown up to training camp, though it was excused by head coach Bruce Arians:

It is not yet known if the events are related, but the Cardinals certainly hope the star will be able to return to action before too long. Abraham was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl this past season after totaling 11.5 sacks in his first year in Arizona.

Over the course of his 14-year career with the Cardinals, Jets and Atlanta Falcons, he has totaled 133.5 sacks to rank most among active players. He is currently ninth on the all-time list after passing Lawrence Taylor last season.

If he is forced to miss time due to suspension, it takes away one of the few veteran leaders on a young defense. As a result, Arizona could end up struggling to keep up in a competitive NFC West.

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