Former Cardinals’ LB John Abraham wanted on battery charge

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Former Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham is wanted by Brookhaven, Ga., police, after allegedly giving a “business associate…a bloody nose” at a strip club.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the charge is stemming from a Feb. 28 alleged incident at the Pink Pony strip club. The Journal-Constitution got information about the alleged incident from Brookhaven police officer Carlos Nino. Nino said the charge was delayed because investigators couldn’t get surveillance footage until recently.

Vladimir Ako – who’s the alleged victim – told police that he and Abraham used to be friends, but, due to a situation involving finances, they had a falling out, but still remained partners in a beverage business, according to a police report.

Ako told police that he saw Abraham at the strip club, and went up to him to “squash the problems the two had experienced.” According to the police report, Abraham proceeded to punch Ako in the face about five times.

According to the report, “Ako states that he never threatened Abraham nor did he ever touch Abraham; not even in self-defense.”

Ako told police that he waited 12 hours to report the attack because he was afraid that if reports of the fight leaked out, it would hurt their business. Employees told the investigator on the scene that there was an altercation between Abraham and Ako.

Abraham has a history of running afoul of the law. In September 2012, Abraham was arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail on charges of obstruction, after he allegedly refused to follow police orders to leave the scene as a woman threatened to jump from a building.

Per the police report, Abraham entered a restricted area that police officers were taping off. A firefighter repeatedly told Abraham to move out of the area, but he refused to move.

Abraham was later released on $7,000 bond.

On June 29, 2014, Abraham was jailed and released after being charged with driving under the influence. He was charged with stopping, standing or parking prohibited in a specified place.

Last season, Abraham was put on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers. In 2013, Abraham led the Cardinals with 11.5 sacks.

Abraham’s currently a free agent.


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