Cruelty Charges Against Falcons Tackle Dropped

November 12, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 544 comments
Tags: animal cruelty, dog, falcons, babineaux

GEORGIA – Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is breathing a sigh of relief today after felony animal cruelty charges against him were dropped.

In February of this year, Babineaux was arrested in the blunt-force head trauma death of his girlfriend's pit bull-mix.

Babineaux claims that the night of the incident, the animal became aggressive around his 5 month-old daughter – and charged at her.

So the defensive tackle spun the animal by its leash - a technique suggested by the dog's trainer.

The investigation uncovered that the dog had a history of unprovoked attacks.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said experts were uncertain of how the dog died – but an autopsy determined blunt-force trauma to the head ultimately killed it.

Babineaux's lawyer says the tackle likely would have been suspended from the NFL had he been convicted.

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Msenger76
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Msenger76
6 years ago

you ever think the owners are the real monsters?

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Baby and dog should not be together if the dog had history of attacking. If the dog was unpredictable, there may not have been a good way to deal with it. Also the trainer who suggested this method is out dated in his training methods.

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