Aug 30, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) during warmups against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
This was probably not the way Michael Turner wanted to celebrate breaking the franchise rushing touchdown record, to say the least.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Turner was booked on charges of driving under the influence and speeding about 5 a.m. Allegedly, he was going 97 miles per hour in a 65. He's been released on a bond this morning.
Take everything from here on out with an allegedly, by the way.
Obviously, the fact that Turner finds himself in this situation is disappointing. We would like to think that the players on our favorite teams are somehow above the faults and foibles of others around the NFL, but we're reminded time and time again that it's completely unrealistic to expect that. Things happen, mistakes are made.
There's no rush to judgment here, and we're not going to speculate about the circumstances here. Obviously, if all is as suggested, it was a pretty dumb move by Turner, but it's not going to draw a league suspension. Luckily, no one was hurt. The worst thing that could and probably will happen to turn is a fine and perhaps a short suspension from the team. Please let it play out.
There are questions looming in the background about Turner's role with the team already, awesome milestone notwithstanding, and this isn't likely to tip the scales in a favorable direction for the 30-year-old back. The Falcons have to figure out a way to get their feature back working again, and get the line run blocking well once more.
Lot of unanswered questions this morning, in other words. We'll see what happens over the next couple of weeks.