The Arizona Cardinals thin linebacking corps took another hit yesterday after it was revealed that John Abraham was arrested last month in Atlanta for an alleged DUI among other charges, according to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. Abraham was arrested June 29th, according to the report, and could be subject to further discipline by the league if he is found guilty on the charges. Public records from DeKalb County show him being charged with the DUI as well as parking, stopping or standing in an inappropriate space, according to Pro Football Talk.
The Cardinals are taking a tight-lipped stance saying they are aware of the report and declined any comment on the matter.
Abraham has not yet shown up at Cardinals camp but was expected to report last Friday when veterans came back in and took their conditioning test.
It’s not his first DUI and that could weigh heavily on what discipline the league may levy on him.
In October 2003, while playing for the New York Jets, Abraham was arrested and charged with DUI after crashing his sports utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and light pole on Long Island. He pled guilty to driving while impaired and avoided jail time, but he said it was a costly lesson.
“I’m not going through that stuff again,” he told azcentral sports last August. “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.”
Arizona is already thin at linebacker with Karlos Dansby gone and Daryl Washington suspended for at least a year. If the Cardinals lost Abraham, and his 11.5 sacks last season, it would have a big impact on Arizona’s pass rush.
Nearly 11 years later, Abraham is in the same spot and suffering from another potential headache.