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Michael Turner arrested: Coach Mike Smith is 'disappointed'

September 19, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner. (Gwinnett County Sheriff's…)

Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith is very disappointed in running back Michael Turner, who was arrested on charges of drunk driving and speeding early Tuesday, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.

“First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed,” Smith said. “This is a legal matter, and it's very well-defined how we have to proceed with it through the league, and we'll let this process run its course.”

Smith met with Turner on Tuesday and let him know in person his feelings on what happened.

“He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that he made after the ballgame,” Smith said.

Smith declined to say whether Turner will be suspended for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

“There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement and the NFL and the NFLPA,” Smith said. “Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and cannot do.

“If there's going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be conversations that we have with Michael and the conversations that we've already had this morning.”

Turner was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail in metro Atlanta just after 5 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning. He was released a couple of hours later on $2,179 bond.

A Gwinnett County police officer pulled over Turner after clocking his car at 97 mph in a 65-mph zone.

“The officer made contact with the driver who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons,” Edwin Ritter, a police spokesman, said. “The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation.”

Ritter said the officer arrested Turner after a field sobriety test. The police incident report was not immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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