According to a report, Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested last month in suburban Atlanta for driving under the influence.
AZCentral.com reported that Abraham—who has been absent for the first three days of the Cardinals’ training camp—was detained, questioned and charged with multiple counts, including DUI, in DeKalb County, Ga., on June 29.
According to the report, a spokesperson for the Cardinals acknowledged the team is aware of Abraham’s arrest but offered no further comment.
Coach Bruce Arians had said Friday Abraham was excused from reporting for camp due to personal reasons.
Monday morning, Arizona general manager Steve Keim downplayed Abraham’s absence.
“I’m not concerned at all,” Keim told Arizona Sports 620. “He’ll be back at some point here.”
Abraham, 36, is the NFL’s active sacks leader with 133½ and was a Pro Bowler in 2013, his first year in Arizona. He had 11½ sacks last year to lead the 10-6 Cardinals and is now ninth on the NFL’s all-time list (the NFL has only kept sacks as an official statistic since 1982).
This is Abraham’s second DUI arrest. He was arrested on Long Island in October 2003 while a member of the New York Jets after crashing his vehicle into a fire hydrant and light pole.
“I’m not going through that stuff again,” Abraham said last year. “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.”
Abraham pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and did not do any time in jail.
While a member of the Falcons in 2012, Abraham was arrested in Atlanta on two counts of misdemeanor obstruction for failing to leave an area that had been taped off by police.