Falcons coach Arthur Smith said Batson was released because “we’re always going to do what we think is in the best interest of the team.”
However, Smith declined to comment further.
“I’m not familiar with all the facts,” said Smith. “Therefore, I will not comment on the ongoing legal situation.”
Fulton County Jail records show Batson, who has not yet been released as of Monday afternoon, faces charges of aggravated assault, assault, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer while on duty, and removing or attempting to remove a weapon from an official. Confronting and fleeing in a car or trying to evade a police officer.
The former Falcons receiver was pulled over around 2 a.m. Saturday after police saw his pickup speeding off Interstate 75 North at the North Side Drive exit in Atlanta. rice field. Atlanta police attempted to detain Batson after believing him to be intoxicated, according to a statement released by the police.
The statement said the 27-year-old Batson resisted and “fought violently with the officers,” who fired their weapons before fleeing and did not hit anyone. Both officers were taken to hospital for treatment.
Batson was on Atlanta’s practice team throughout the season. Before moving to the Falcons, Batson was with the Tennessee Titans from 2018 until he was in 2021, appearing in 27 games and catching 22 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns.