BROOKHAVEN, Ga. - Police in Brookhaven have issued an arrest warrant for a former Atlanta Falcons defensive standout. Channel 2 Action News has confirmed John Abraham faces a misdemeanor battery charge following a fight inside the Pink Pony strip club on Buford Highway.
Monday afternoon, investigative reporter Aaron Diamant got a hold of the Brookhaven Police Department incident report that laid out what investigators say happened at the club one early morning in February.
"We take every crime very seriously here in Brookhaven, so we’re going to act accordingly,” said department spokesman Officer Carlos Nino. “Obviously, our expectation would be for him to contact us or one of his representatives, his lawyer to contact us or turn himself in."
Police say Abraham attacked a former friend and business associate, who approached him inside the club on Feb.y 28, 2015. The police report says Abraham punched the man in the face at least five times.
"Dealing with a local celebrity is no easy task, because they are public figures and that makes it that much more challenging for us as well," Nino said.
The Falcons released the 15-year NFL veteran and Pro Bowl-outside linebacker in March, 2013. Abraham most recently played for the Arizona cardinals. In June, 2014, Brookhaven Police arrested Abraham for DUI following a traffic stop outside the Pink Pony. That case is still pending in DeKalb County. Diamant asked Nino why it took four months for detectives to file charges in last February’s fight.
"Just gathering the facts, everything that we needed to conclude the investigation, including witness statements and other evidence that we needed to gather," Nino responded.
Police say the club’s surveillance video of the incident was the tipping point in the case. They say both the Pink Pony’s staff and the alleged victim have cooperated in the investigation. However, police won't say whether they've been in touch with Abraham or his representatives. Police say they don't expect to file any other charges in this case. Meanwhile, Abraham’s potential punishment remains unclear.
"It all depends on his criminal history as well as whether or not there is a plea deal that may be reached between all parties, so it's hard to say at this point," Nino explained.
Diamant left a message for Abraham's agent Monday afternoon, but has no received a response. No callback, yet. The Arizona Cardinal's front office told Diamant Abraham is a free agent and is no longer under contract with the team. Abraham lives out of state, and there is no word yet on when he plans to turn himself in to police.