On February 18, 2007, Atlanta Falcons' Jonathan Babineaux
beat to death his live-in girlfriend's dog, Kilo, a one-year-old pit bull mix. The motive was apparent retaliation against his girlfriend, Blair Anderson, for an argument she and Babineaux had earlier that same night.
After the argument, Anderson left the house, leaving her two dogs, Kilo and Ace, with the Falcons' defensive lineman. Not long after, Babineaux phoned Anderson to inform her that something was wrong with Kilo. He advised that she should come home and check on him. Anderson returned home to find Kilo in extreme physical distress. Anderson rushed Kilo to the vet but he was dead on arrival. Autopsy results showed Kilo died from blunt force trauma to the head, leading Gwinnett County police to arrest and charge Babineaux with felony cruelty to animals. The second dog, Ace, was later removed from the Babineaux household and placed in the care of Animal Control.
In spite of the felony charge, Babineaux remains free on $2,300 bond and is still actively playing for the Falcons. To date, Babineaux has received no punishment or suspension from either the Falcons or the NFL.Blogger William K. Wolfrum
aptly sums up the glaring hypocrisy which now enshrouds the Atlanta Falcons:
Babineaux is currently in the Falcons pre-season camp, obviously keeping a low profile.
Simply put, however, as long as Babineaux is allowed to play with the Falcons while Vick is forced to sit out, the NFL's and the Falcons' treatment of Vick can only be seen as a PR ploy. It has nothing to do with ethics, or a standard of character they want from their players.
As long as Babineaux remains active, the NFL and the Falcons are little more than hypocrites whose hands were forced in the Vick case.
To: Arthur Blank, owner/CEO, Atlanta Falcons
CC: Roger Goodell, Commissioner, NFL; Daniel J. Porter, District Attorney, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Dear Mr. Blank:
We the undersigned respectfully ask you to immediately suspend Jonathan Babineaux pending the outcome of his felony cruelty to animal charge. The details of the charge are so disturbing and have for too long been ignored by your organization and the NFL. We ask for your immediate intervention as owner of the Atlanta Falcons in the form of an indefinite suspension of Jonathan Babineaux.
While this may be the first time that Mr. Babineaux has come across your desk in a troubling way, we would still request his immediate suspension because of the nature of these serious charges. The evidence and testimony against Mr. Babineaux is overwhelming. To continue to ignore the implications of Mr. Babineaux's retaliatory and remorseless brutality against his victim, Kilo--a young, defenseless dog weighing not much more than a child--serves to condone such inhumane acts and openly encourages others to commit similar crimes of violence and cruelty against the young, the small and the defenseless.
Does or does not the Atlanta Falcons leadership abhor and condemn cruelty to animals and violent crimes, in general? If so, you must suspend Jonathan Babineaux from play indefinitely, pending the outcome of his trial.
Let it be known that if you do not choose to suspend Mr. Babineaux immediately and if you allow him to dress in an Atlanta Falcons uniform this season, we the undersigned will boycott everything Falcons, including but not limited to games and merchandise.
Do the right thing for the Falcons, the city of Atlanta, the fans and, most of all, for Kilo. Suspend Jonathan Babineaux immediately and indefinitely!