Charge dropped against Babineaux

Charge dropped against Babineaux

There are 43 comments on the Thestate.com story from Nov 7, 2007, titled Charge dropped against Babineaux. In it, Thestate.com reports that:

Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle to prison.

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hypocrites

Cumming, GA

#1 Nov 7, 2007
I hope those who were anxious to send a petition to the football commissioner demanding that this individual is suspending will take notice of the DA's decision. They didn't bother to consider the whole case or events surrounding the event before jumping and wanting to have him suspended. To groups such as peta, I advice be careful. In the future you might face a law suit if it is shown that you have falsely accused someone and then demanded his suspension from gainful employment were demonstrated. It is as though some groups have made themselves bounty hunters. That is not good. This man's livihood and reputation have been spared, what about those who might not be as lucky. Will someone from peta send or give a message which says "we made a mistake, we overacted."
All colors

Marietta, GA

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Stop the petitions!!!!!!!!!!
myconju

Ocala, FL

#3 Nov 7, 2007
So hypocrites, after all these months, where were the fed to save the day.

You think it is o.k. but it is not. To angrily kill something or someone puts us more at risk than training a dog purposely to kill. Many people won't agree.

The only reason that Babs got off is because he's not hated. Mike Vick needs to understand, it is not about him, it is about anyone that is not liked.
myconju

Ocala, FL

#4 Nov 7, 2007
Seems like the work of someone in some "white shoes"

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#5 Nov 7, 2007
hypocrites wrote:
I hope those who were anxious to send a petition to the football commissioner demanding that this individual is suspending will take notice of the DA's decision. They didn't bother to consider the whole case or events surrounding the event before jumping and wanting to have him suspended. To groups such as peta, I advice be careful. In the future you might face a law suit if it is shown that you have falsely accused someone and then demanded his suspension from gainful employment were demonstrated. It is as though some groups have made themselves bounty hunters. That is not good. This man's livihood and reputation have been spared, what about those who might not be as lucky. Will someone from peta send or give a message which says "we made a mistake, we overacted."
It's fairly obvious you don't have a law degree.
hypocrites

Cumming, GA

#6 Nov 7, 2007
myconju wrote:
So hypocrites, after all these months, where were the fed to save the day.
You think it is o.k. but it is not. To angrily kill something or someone puts us more at risk than training a dog purposely to kill. Many people won't agree.
The only reason that Babs got off is because he's not hated. Mike Vick needs to understand, it is not about him, it is about anyone that is not liked.
I don't understand you comments. I did not mention Michael Vick's name. Michael Vick has nothing to do with this. I am going to accept the conclusion of the DA.
hypocrites

Cumming, GA

#7 Nov 7, 2007
Rachel99 wrote:
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It's fairly obvious you don't have a law degree.
I have common sense and am willing to wait upon the decision of those who are responsible for recommendatons before accusing someone. I am cautious before petitioning that someone be suspended from a position because of mere speculations.
All colors

Marietta, GA

#8 Nov 7, 2007
What dogs????
All colors

Marietta, GA

#9 Nov 7, 2007
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle to prison.
"I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over."

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Wednesday he dismissed the charges following an investigation of the death of a pit bull in February.

Pat McDonough, Babineaux's attorney, said it proved Babineaux acted only in self-defense against the aggressive dog that belonged to the player's girlfriend. McDonough said Babineaux was protecting himself and his 5-month-old child.

"This was a clear case of self-defense," McDonough said. "The dog had a history of violence.... Jonathan and his family did everything in their power to make this dog part of their family."

McDonough said the dog had been neutered, placed on Prozac, sent to a dog trainer and kept on a leash.

Porter said his office's investigation confirmed the dog's history of unprovoked attacks.

"There is not enough evidence to exclude every reasonable hypothesis other than the guilt of the accused," Porter said in a statement.

McDonough gave details of how Babineaux was advised by a dog trainer to spin the dog on a leash when it became aggressive.

"You pull the chain taut and then you spin in a circle," McDonough said.

"It's supposed to disorient the dog a little bit, which then allows you to gain control and protect yourself or protect your family or whoever is in danger."
After the charges, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it sent a letter to Falcons owner Arthur Blank asking that Babineaux be suspended.

"I don't think anybody is more relieved than Jonathan," McDonough said. "Literally the district attorney was looking at prison time for a case like this.... People really had convicted him before they had all the facts."

The Falcons have been involved in the more publicized case of quarterback Michael Vick, who faces sentencing in December after his guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges. Vick has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

"I'm sure there was a lot of pressure on the Atlanta Falcons to disassociate themselves with someone like Jonathan, but they stood by him until the truth was able to come out," McDonough said.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#10 Nov 8, 2007
Is that you, adoseofurownmedicine, posting the same all over?

Anyway, what can I say. Sometimes justice isn't served. The fact remains that he is scum for beating the dog unconscious or, ultimately, to death. I'm very disppointed, but I'll get over it. That's life, some get away.
myconju

Ocala, FL

#11 Nov 8, 2007
I would have taken him to the doctor.
Anbreen

San Clemente, CA

#12 Nov 8, 2007
Beth on route to hell wrote:
Is that you, adoseofurownmedicine, posting the same all over?
Anyway, what can I say. Sometimes justice isn't served. The fact remains that he is scum for beating the dog unconscious or, ultimately, to death. I'm very disppointed, but I'll get over it. That's life, some get away.
I don't believe it, either. But, as you said... there's also Robert Blake.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#13 Nov 9, 2007
It's sad, Anbreen. The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing human abuse is a very fine one. I have to be honest, I'm not very sympathetic toward wives or girl-friends who are being kicked around or hit by their violent partner. Again, this is America. You want to stay with a violent person, be my guest. But animals and children, that's different. A dog can't say, "this person is a bit out of control", please hand me my food and water bowl, I'm moving in with the Buchanans."
You do not beat a dog to death, if it's violent and you do to know how to properly handle it, you surrender it to a rescue or shelter, sometimes euthanasia is the only option when things have gone too far, but, clearly, you do not beat a dog into submission.(sorry, I just realized that I'm preaching to the choir) Oh well, and I suppose, that scumbag plans to father children....I say no more. Anbreen, take care, got go feed Luke.
HMMM

Kennesaw, GA

#14 Nov 9, 2007
All colors wrote:
Stop the petitions!!!!!!!!!!
I LIVE FOR PETA!!!!! I still think he deserves to go TO JAIL! There's more than one thing he could have done, besides killing the dog! What a complete LoSER!

Since: Nov 07

United States

#15 Nov 9, 2007
right HMMM, let's hope he will treat his children, when they're defiant, differently. I could care less about him, but I worry about these peoples children.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#16 Nov 9, 2007
couldn't
Anbreen

San Clemente, CA

#17 Nov 9, 2007
Beth on route to hell wrote:
right HMMM, let's hope he will treat his children, when they're defiant, differently. I could care less about him, but I worry about these peoples children.
Am reading he doesn't often see the kids he had by the first two baby mamas. But, he will be marrying the third.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#18 Nov 9, 2007
Anbreen, are you talking about Babineaux or Vick? I was talking about Babineaux.
new york

Monroe, NY

#19 Nov 9, 2007
Does anyone know how the dog died? I can't find anything that says what he did. Or why the police suspected him in the first place.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#20 Nov 9, 2007
Here is an article from the N.Y.Times, very intresting http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/sports/foot...

Apparently, the dog died of massive head injuries not consistent with hitting a wall or object once while spinning.(That's why he was arrested and charged back in February.)
Well, the idiot did not take the dog to the vet, just called his girl-friend and waited for her to come and take the dog. Kilo died upon arrival at the vet. New York, you draw your own conclusions.

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