Michael Turner is in big trouble with the law


Michael Turner is in big trouble with the law

From Comcast SportsNetATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on charges of drunken driving and speeding early Tuesday, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.Turner, 30, of Suwanee, Ga., was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in metro Atlanta just after 5 a.m. Turner spent barely two hours behind bars before he was released on 2,179 bond, jail records showed.A Gwinnett County police officer pulled over Turner's black Audi R8 on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta after clocking the car at 97 mph -- 32 mph over the speed limit, said Cpl. Edwin Ritter, a police spokesman."The officer made contact with the driver who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons," Ritter said in a news release. "The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation."Ritter said the officer arrested Turner after a field sobriety test. The police incident report was not immediately available.Hours before his arrest, Turner and the Falcons celebrated a 27-21 home victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos."First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed," coach Mike Smith said. "This is a legal matter, and it's very well-defined how we have to proceed with it through the league, and we'll let this process run its course."Tuesday was the players' day off, but Smith said he met in his office with Turner."He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that he made after the ballgame last night," Smith said.Smith declined to say whether Turner will be suspended when the Falcons (2-0) visit San Diego (2-0) on Sunday."There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement and the NFL and the NFLPA," Smith said. "Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and cannot do."If there's going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be conversations that we have with Michael and the conversations that we've already had this morning."Turner scored the Falcons' first touchdown against Denver after jumping over a pileup of Atlanta and Broncos linemen in the first quarter. It was Turner's 51st touchdown for the Falcons, a franchise record.Turner, who played at Northern Illinois during his college career, joined the Falcons in 2008 after four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Last year, he rushed for 1,340 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Scott Brooks credits Wizards' front office for decisions on rookies 'that fit our DNA'

Scott Brooks credits Wizards' front office for decisions on rookies 'that fit our DNA'

The Wizards didn't have a draft pick in June, and they passed on buying a pick because president Ernie Grunfeld anticipated he could get exactly what Scott Brooks needed with rookie free agents. Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House proved him to be correct.

"It says a lot about the organization when you don’t have a draft pick and we have three guys make our team being true rookies," Brooks said Saturday after releasing three players with NBA experience in Johnny O'Bryant, Casper Ware and Jarell Eddie. "Ernie and the staff did a great job of finding three players that fit our DNA. I’m excited about it. They give us youthful athleticism. They all bring a unique talent to our team. Will they play much this year? I’m not sure. They’re going to give us great energy and great effort."

All three have good size and seemed to fit what Brooks preached since Day 1 of training camp in September: A defense-first mentality.

"I know how important every member of the team is. It’s not just the guys who play. It’s not the guys who get all the shots," said Brooks, who can relate to being on the end of the bench during 10 years in the league himself. "It’s the guy who helps those guys get shots, who helps those guys in practice are the guys who make up the true character of your team.”

While House and McClellan appeared to be locks from early on in the process, despite scant playing time towards the end of the preseason, Ochefu gained steam as the process wore on. 

“He has a skill-set that really makes him to be able to compete at this level. He plays hard and he’s a really good passer," Brooks said. "Coach Jay (Wright) and Villanova did a great job of teaching him how to roll to the basket. He has great hands and to be able to kick out and making the right plays. And he’s a great guy. He has high character and connects with all the guys.

"When you’re putting your team together you want to make sure those guys at the end of your roster are the personalities that can handle not playing consistently. They’re not going to rest and relax because they made it. You want those guys to keep pushing, keep playing keep working and grinding out every day and we picked three great ones.”

Buying a second-round draft pick can be tricky since players selected after the first round are non-guranteed. The Cleveland Cavaliers paid $2.4 million to the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 54 pick to select Kay Felder. The Golden State Warriors paid $2.4 million to the Milwaukee Bucks to Patrick McCaw at No. 38. 

Both have made their teams' roster, but history shows that second-round picks are more difficult to gauge and tend to jump around to other teams before finding their footing. By going the free-agent route, the Wizards were able to get what they wanted minus the risk of paying a few million to another team for the draft position and still have flexibiltiy in place beacuse Ochefu, House and McClellan are on non-guranteed deals. 

The leverage that the Wizards had to attract quality free agents to mini-camp and eventually training camp was simple. They had the roster spots open that many other teams did not.

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Wizards pick up 3rd-year option on Kelly Oubre's contract

Wizards pick up 3rd-year option on Kelly Oubre's contract

The third-year option on Kelly Oubre for the 2017-18 season has been exercised by the Wizards, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Saturday.

Oubre, who will make $2 million for this season, is due to get a bump to $2.1 million for next year. As a first-round draft pick, his first two years in the league are fully guaranteed and the team has the option to retain his rights in Years 3 and 4. The Wizards had to make the move, which was a formality, before the regular season starts next week.

Oubre is expected to be the primary backup for Otto Porter at small forward in his first season playing for coach Scott Brooks.

His numbers and playing time were modest as a rookie as he was not used much under then-coach Randy Wittman, but Oubre's length, athleticism and defensive instincts should make him a better fit. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds last season in 63 appearances.

The Wizards made a deal on draft night in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks to move up to acquire Oubre for Jerian Grant. 

CSNmidatlantic.com reported Aug. 1 that picking up the option on Oubre was a foregone conclusion. In exit interviews following a 41-41 season that landed them out of the playoffs, players told majority owner Ted Leonsis that Oubre should've played more because of his energy and defense.

When Oubre was acquired as a 19-year-old with one year of college at Kansas, president Ernie Grunfeld projected it would take him 2-3 years to develop. 

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