February 8, 2009
Perp Walk: Jamal Anderson Arrested for Sniffing Cocaine
Someone needs to give former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson the URL for my blog. I told all villagers that nothing good happens after 3:00 am.
Anderson didn't listen. He was arrested early Sunday morning, about 3 a.m., after an off-duty police officer witnessed him sniffing cocaine in the men’s room of a Buckhead bar. Anderson and a young 20-year old white guy were in the same stall inside the men’s room at Peachtree Tavern sniffing two lines of powdered cocaine off the toilet tank.
A tavern patron alerted an off-duty Atlanta police officer to possible illegal drug use inside the restroom.
Police said they found a 1-inch square bag of cocaine and a marijuana cigarette inside Anderson’s pocket. The men were arrested without incident and booked into the Fulton County Jail for felony possession of cocaine. Anderson was also cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
During the 1998 season, Anderson rushed for a franchise-record 1,846 to help power the Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance. He celebrated his long runs and touchdown scores by doing the “Dirty Bird” dance.
He suffered a knee injury that required surgery and only had two rushes the following season. Overall, he played eight seasons with the Falcons, from 1994 to 2001, before a second knee injury ended his career.
He worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN’s First Take this past season. It goes without saying that he'll lose the ESPN gig. I hope he has a real-estate license or some other skill that he can fall back on now that he has phuqued up his sports-television career. This isn't the first time that Anderson demonstrated loss of self-control at Atlanta night club.
What are your thoughts as you learn of this sad story?