September 20th, 2012 by faye
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has already issued an apology on Wednesday to his football team and their fans for his drunk driving arrest, saying be made a “bad decision on my part” and is prepared to deal with the consequences.
According to reports, 30-year-old Michael Turner addressed the media early Wednesday morning, saying “I’d like to apologize to Mr. Blank (Falcons owner), Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons GM), Mike Smith (head coach) and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I’m in right now.”
“I shouldn’t have been in this situation to begin with,” Turner told the reporters outside the locker room at the Atlanta Falcons’ suburban training complex. “I’ve got to learn from it.”
As previous reports have stated, Michael Turner was pulled over by police in suburban Gwinnett County around 5 AM on Tuesday — just a few hours after he scored a touchdown in Atlanta’s 27-21 win over Denver. Police say the football star was caught doing 97 mph in a 65-mph zone, so they booked him into prison on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after he took a field sobriety test.
Turner expects to play Sunday when Atlanta travels to San Diego to face the San Diego Chargers, his former team.
“Nobody has told me I’m not playing, so I’m going to prepare like I am,” Michael Turner said.
His driving under the influence arrest came after a slow start to the season for the football player, who has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of his four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. The only exception was back in 2009, when he was limited to 11 games due to his injuries.
This season, Michael Turner has rushed for only 74 yards in the first two games, averaging a meager 2.6 yards per carry while struggling to find holes and break tackles. Against the Denver Broncos, he did just 27 yards on 16 carries until breaking off a 15-yard gain with his final run of the night.
“I just want to go out there and play hard,” Turner said. “Play hard for my teammates and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
A police report released on Wednesday stated that Michael Turner told the officer he went to Magic City — a strip club near the Georgia Dome. After initially denying he drank any booze after the football game, he eventually admitted that he had multiple shots of alochol, but “did not keep count.”
“I pointed out the fact to him that I could still smell the strong odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” the police officer wrote in the report. “He stated he had a couple shots while at Magic City in Atlanta. He stated he had consumed the alcohol around 3 a.m. due to getting there late. He was able to say he has less than 10 shot(s), but approximately 5 shots. I asked him if the shots were normal size and he stated they were in cups, not shot glasses.”
The police officer said Michael Turner was cooperative during his arrest for driving under the influence and appeared to be walking and speaking normally. But, the report said, Turner “exhibited slightly bloodshot, watery, glazed eyes.” He submitted to a breathalyzer test, which produced a reading of .109 — way above the legal limit of .08 to be considered legally drunk.
After he was brought to the county jail, Michael Turner refused to take an intoxilyzer test, which gives a more accurate reading.
The Atlanta Falcons have avoided major off-the-field problems under the guidance of Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, a point of emphasis after Michael Vick went to prison for funding a dogfighting operation.
“First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed,” Smith said Tuesday.
Michael Turner refused to go on the specifics of his case, but made it clear that he will do whatever it takes to get back in good graces.
“I don’t think anybody is more disappointed than I am in myself,” he said. “I’ve just got to man up.”
September 19th, 2012 by faye
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has been arrested early Tuesday morning and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Gwinnett County, Georgia — hours after he rushing for 42 years and a touchdown during their win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
According to the reports, the 30-year-old football star was initially pulled over by the police in his black Audi R8 around 4:06 AM due to a speeding violation — Michael Turner reportedly went 97 in a 65. During the stop, cops noticed that Turner reeked with the smell of booze, so they decided to arrest him for driving under the influence.
Michael Turner was then booked into Gwinnett County Jail shortly after 5 AM and was released a few hours later after he posted $2,179 bond. The football star was also charged with speeding, but no other details of his DUI arrest are known at this time.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith released a statement to Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday morning about the DUI arrest of Turner, saying: “We’re aware of the situation with Michael, but it’s really not appropriate to comment on it. We’ll keep the communication internal with myself and Michael, and we’ll deal with it as it progresses.”
Michael Turner could face discipline from the league office due to his arrest for driving under the influence, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell usually does not take action on the matter until the legal process has run its course. As seen in the DUI case of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, it may not happen until after the 2012 season. Barring any team discipline, reports said that Michael Turner must remain available to his football team for the duration of the season.
Michael Turner is earning $5 million in base salary in the fifth season of a six-year, $34 million contract he signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent during the 2008 offseason. He has spent the first four seasons of his football career with the San Diego Chargers, who had chosen the running back in the fifth round of the 2004 National Football League draft out of Northern Illinois.
In his first four-plus seasons in Atlanta, Michael Turner has run for 5,355 yards and a franchise-record 51 rushing touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl honors following the 2008 and 2010 seasons. He led the NFL in rushing attempts in those Pro Bowl seasons, but as the Atlanta Falcons have become more of a passing offense, Turner has had a reduced role in the offense. Through two games, he has just 28 rushing attempts for 74 yards and a touchdown.
May 2nd, 2012 by edsel
Controversial NFL running back Michael Turner wants a judge to stop one of his four baby mamas from ranting against him in Twitter on the grounds that she is violating a court agreement prohibiting her from doing so.
TMZ reports that Turner and baby mama Maria Grissom have locked horns in court over Turner’s daycare payments for their daughter. According to documents filed in Georgia, Grissom claims the Atlanta Falcons superstar never pays for his daughter’s schooling on time. She demands that Turner pays her up to four years in advance, which totals to $59,121.
Michael Turner shot back that he does pay the school on time. He accused Maria Grissom of being the one in the wrong because she violated their court agreement by ranting about his personal life drama in her Twitter account.
Maria Grissom admitted to the Twitter filibuster. But she places the blame for her actions on the shoulders of Michael Turner and one of his other baby mamas, who involved in a “ghetto fight” at his house that made national news. Grissom claimed that she needed to defend her reputation.
Michael Turner is requesting the court to allow him to pay all the money he owes directly to the day care instead of to Maria Grissom.
He also requests the court to stop Grissom from bashing him on Twitter. A judge has yet to rule on the case.
March 1st, 2012 by faye
Football star Michael Turner reportedly broke up a violent altercation between his new girlfriend and baby mama after his new beau allegedly attacked his baby mama with a golf club in the front yard of his home.
Rasheeda Walker, baby mama of Michael Turner, showed up at the football player’s residence to talk with his former beau about their situation, claiming that she is pregnant with her third child with Turner, and that the Atlanta Falcons running back refuses to see their two other young children, which made Rasheeda Walker all the more upset. According to Rasheeda, when she rang the door bell, Michael Turner’s new girlfriend, Elizabeth Delacruz was the one who met her at the door. Delacruz then wielded a golf club at Walker while shouting, “YOU AT MY HOUSE NOW B*TCH.”
Rasheeda Walker claims she grabbed the golf club away from Elizabeth Delacruz and the two began to fight, until Michael Turner came outside and stopped the two women from fighting. The police was then called to the Georgia mansion of Michael Turner on Monday afternoon where they discovered the 32-year-old Rasheeda Walker in front of Turner’s home bleeding due to a wound from the side of her head.
According to the police report, Elizabeth Delacruz told a slightly different story. Delacruz claims she only grabbed the golf club after Rasheeda Walker sneaked into the house through an unlocked back door. Both women were scratched up and suffered minor head wounds, cops report say.
However, Walker and Delacruz told the authorities they did not want to press charges against each other, but Rasheeda Walker was issued a criminal trespass warning and advised not to return to the home of Michael Turner.