And it wasn't just Vick.Animal abuse seems to be a Falcon problem
NFL player charged with felony animal cruelty
Lawrenceville, GA (US)
Incident Date: Monday, Feb 19, 2007
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Jonathan Babineaux
Case Updates: 5 update(s) available
Case ID: 10798
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Gwinnett County police arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux Monday morning on a charge of felony animal cruelty. Babineaux has bonded out of jail.
According to Cpl. Darren Moloney of the Gwinnett County Police Department, Babineaux's wife took a dog to an animal emergency center in Gwinnett County on Feb 18. The dog later died and the subsequent investigation led to an arrest warrant for Babineaux. According to Moloney, investigators believe Babineaux "somehow had a direct hand in killing the animal."
A necropsy on the dog will not be performed until Feb 20 to determine the cause of death.
The Falcons confirmed the arrest in a brief statement.
"We're aware of the situation and we're in the process of gathering information," said Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts. "Until we have the information we need, we will have no further comment."
Gwinnett police allege that Babineaux killed his live-in girlfriend's dog, a pit bull mix named Kilo, in February.
"I'm not addressing that right now, all I'm worrying about is football," Babineaux said during a recent interview. "When the time comes I'll address the media."
When pressed about the dog charges Babineaux was not forthcoming.
"It's all in my lawyer's hands," said Babineaux, who has denied hurting the dog according to police.
With a league-wide crackdown by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on players with off-the-field issues, Babineaux could find himself getting called to New York. If convicted he'll likely be facing a suspension from Goodell.
His attorney, Patrick John McDonough, recently said that investigation of the death of the dog was still ongoing.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution - May 11, 2007
Update posted on Jun 3, 2007 - 2:50PMÂ
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Police received the results Thursday of a necropsy for the dog owned by the girlfriend of Atlanta Falcon football player Jonathan Babineaux.
Babineaux was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals in February. The player was charged after girlfriend Blair Anderson's one-and-a-half-year-old pit bull Kilo was injured and died after allegedly being left alone with Babineaux on Feb. 18.
Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the results of the necropsy are inconsistent with statements made by Babineaux about what happened to the dog.
Moloney said specific information about the necropsy would not be released due to the seriousness of the charges against Babineaux and pending prosecution.
Source: Gwinett Daily Post - March 9, 2007
Update posted on Mar 11, 2007 - 6:16PMÂ
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On February 23, an animal protection organization asked Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank to suspend a defensive lineman facing animal abuse charges. PETA is urging Blank to suspend Jonathan Babineaux until the case is resolved. â€śFurthermore, if Babineaux is convicted, we ask that your organization release him."
A letter was also sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to suspend the Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle from the NFLâ€”if he is found guilty of cruelty to animalsâ€”for the full 2008 season, and to implement a strict zero-tolerance policy against animal abuse by NFL players and staff.
The plea comes in the wake of the reported beating death of a dog belonging to Blair Anderson, Babineauxâ€™s live-in girlfriend. Babineaux is accused of beating the animal to death after having an argument with Anderson, and he was arrested on a felony charge of cruelty to animals.