Falcons’ coach Mike Smith talks Michael Turner DUI
The Atlanta Falcons were coming off an incredible high last night after defeating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Those feelings were brought down to earth when the core of their running game Michael Turner was arrested for speeding and DUI in the middle of the night.
The team released a run-of-the-mill statement in regards to the situation.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”
Today coach Mike Smith was terse and measured when he spoke to the media about the incident.
“First and foremost, anytime a player sheds negatively on our football team and our organization, we’re very disappointed,” Smith said. “This is a legal matter that is very well defined on how we have to proceed through the league. We’ll let this process run its course. I want to emphasize that I’ve spoken with Michael we’ve had a conversation and like all conversations with my players, we like to keep those internally.”
“He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that we made after the ball game last night.”
Smith was asked if Turner was despondent on his less-than-stellar night despite the team’s win and his record-setting touchdown.
“You can’t speculate on that. Again, anytime a player sheds a negative light on our football team and our organization, we are disappointed. I can’t say any more than that,” Smith said.
“There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement which is between the NFL and NFLPA. Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and cannot do. If there is going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be the conversations that we have Michael and the conversations that we already had this morning.
When Smith discussed what the team’s options were, he failed to reveal what if anything the Falcons plan to do about this situation in the immediate future.
“I don’t want to discuss the internal options that we have,” Smith said. “Again, it’s collectively bargained between the NFL and the NFLPA. This is a legal matter and it has to run its course and it will. I don’t think that it’s appropriate for me to talk anymore about it”
The Falcons have been here before when it comes to personal drama and it ended up very badly for them in regards to former quarterback Mike Vick.
Owner Arthur Blank while compassionate has taken a very hard stance on building a high character team.
This situation is definitely one to watch especially in light of the fact that it’s been some time since Turner has lived up to his nickname of “The Burner.”