Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) warms up prior to the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Former Atlanta Falcons Running Back Michael Turner Sentenced to 12 Months Probation

Michael Turner is finding it hard to locate employment in the NFL, but a judge in Atlanta had no problem locating a proper sentence and punishment for Turner’s September DUI. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Turner was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 12 months probation for getting busted drinking and driving 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Former Falcons running back Michael Turner was sentenced to probation and fined $1,000 on Wednesday for the reckless driving charge he pleaded guilty to on Feb. 28 — a day before the team released him.

His arrest and subsequent guilty plea were low points in a pretty questionable season for the former Falcons running back. Despite sort of bouncing back for Atlanta after many had written him off, Turner was rendered useless to the Falcons with the emergence of running back Jaquizz Rodgers and the direction the Falcons offense is headed.

Things are much more high powered and fast paced and Turner isn’t a speed back and isn’t what the Falcons needed. His arrest also wasn’t something the team wanted on their plate and they decided not to pay for it. He’s still out of work but likely will latch on as a veteran backup somewhere in the NFL when we hit training camp.

His arrest seems to be behind him now though and it’s time for Turner to focus on football and finding a way to pay the legal bills.

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