Atlanta Falcons Running Back Michael Turner Celebrates Monday Night Football Win With DUI
Michael Turner had a key rushing touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons in their 27-21 Monday Night Football win over the Denver Broncos. However, that accomplishment took a backseat to his activity later in the night, as he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was reportedly arrested around 5 a.m. and was released after posting bond.
Turner, who has seen fewer carries this season as a result of the Falcons shifting to more of a pass first offense, is making a base salary of $5 million this year, with more money to be had if he can reach specific performance related incentives in his contract. Needless to say, this means that he can afford to call a cab to take his drunken self home if he needs to. However, he chose not to do so, and paid the price for it.
It will never make sense to me as to why some players choose to shun responsibility in cases such as Turner's. People who aren't athletes certainly do the same thing, to clarify, but they are not nearly as visible as someone such as Turner and the backlash on them certainly won't be national like it will be in this situation.
Turner and the Falcons travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers in Week Three.