So: How’s that ‘Falcons Filter’ working? Not so well?

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Torrey Green, former Falcon. (John Bazemore/AP photo)

The Atlanta Falcons have cut Torrey Green, a rookie linebacker reportedly under investigation for three different allegations of sexual assault. At least two of the alleged assaults occurred in 2015, when Green was playing at Utah State. The Falcons signed Green as an undrafted free agent in April 2016.

Understand that, as a UFA, Green was never expected to make a splash — or even the 53-man roster. The only memory we’ll have of him as a Falcon is seeing the headline “Atlanta Falcons rookie subject of two rape investigations” on TMZ. Generally speaking, if you’re involved in sports and you’re mentioned on that particular site, it’s not good for anyone’s “brand,” yours or your employer’s.

It’s entirely possible that the Falcons didn’t know about the allegations — it would have been unthinkable for them to sign him if they had — but here’s a case where ignorance is a flimsy defense. Why didn’t they know? Where was that famous “Falcons Filter”? Is due diligence done only with prospective draftees? Was there no one they could have called in Logan, Utah (population 48,174) who might have heard a whisper?

Esteemed former colleague Mark Schlabach reports that “Logan police Police captain Curtis Hooley told ESPN on Thursday that Green wasn’t charged in any of the alleged incidents. Hooley said Cache County district attorney James Swink also declined to prosecute the cases.” (TMZ reported that a prosecutor in the DA’s office “told us all the cases are being reviewed for possible charges — so far, a decision has not been made.”

In sum, there’s a chance nothing will come of these allegations. To their credit, the Falcons weren’t willing to take that chance. They cut Green before practice Thursday. And maybe if this were a different organization, we’d think no more of it.

But the Falcons are the crew that had to apologize twice for its behavior at the NFL combine, the team that cut Prince Shembo — whom they drafted after he’d been linked with a publicized sexual battery case while at Notre Dame — after he was charged with animal cruelty in Gwinnett County. They are, as we can never forget, the franchise that banked everything on Michael Vick, who went in prison, and saw Eugene Robinson, the newly minted NFL man of the year, arrested for solicitation on the eve of this club’s one and only Super Bowl.

For an organization that professes to Do Things The Right Way, the Falcons get an awful lot wrong. Granted, the Robinson arrest came under different ownership and the Vick imprisonment under different management. This current regime might just have been unlucky with Green and (twice) at the combine. But that’s a boatload of bad luck in a year barely eight months old.

 

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GT71
GT71

It's MB.  It's the Falcons.  It's the AJC.  It's ATL.

JamesMcmullen
JamesMcmullen

We all make mistakes, like getting involved with someone with 30 or more years different in age. Right AB?

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Job on the line? How could the AJC filter......wait, that's just the old media BS last resort


FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

Starting to wonder what it would take for Mark to wear the same knee pads when writing about the Falcons that he uses to service Coppolella and the Braves. Do you need dinner and a movie, Mark? Does Arthur not think you're a pretty enough girl? Were you molested by a bird as a child? This was a complete "nothing to see here" story, but you couldn't miss an opportunity to spew more of your anti-Falcons-bile out into the ether. They should replace your columns with Cialis ads.

DutchDogg
DutchDogg

I have to say, this is a stretch by Bradley.... We're lumping in the Eugene Robinson incident?  That's two decades old.  Mark, maybe you should have pointed out that the Falcons play in a city where Lester Maddox once used an axe handle to support segregation while running for Governor?  Damn Atlanta!  Also, the Falcons are probably to blame for the Braves only winning one World Series!


Wait, wait!  I've got it the Falcons should be blamed for the Ray Lewis incident!  Sure, he played for Ravens but, the Falcons should have known he was in their city and stopped those stabbings!@


Mark, honestly, if they never let you in the Flowery Branch facility again, could you blame them?  Total hit piece on a team that did the right thing by cutting the guy immediately.

UGA76
UGA76

This is a despicable article.  What happened to innocent until proven guilty in this country?  How would you like it if some bimbo falsely accused you of a sexual crime?  I hope this young man is found innocent and then he sues the Falcons, the AJC and Mark Bradley for every nickel possible.

Remember Richard Jewell??

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

Hey he was one of the ones crucifying Jewell back in 96

GT71
GT71

@UGA76  That's his M.O.  He's a furiously jealous jock-sniffer and probably...well, this is a family 'paper' and I can't say those things.



Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

All teams and most big businesses hire the wrong people, it happens. They cut the guy that's about all they can do I don't see the need to do a hit piece like this and bring up Eugene Robinson after 17 years. And this guy hasn't been charged yet so I guess that whole due process thing means nothing. Just ask La El Collins on that Bradley but I bet you won't.

Hell Horsey
Hell Horsey

This should do wonders for ticket sales.