DRILL Fal­cons safety charged with DUI, speed­ing

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FLOW­ERY BRANCH, Ga. — Fal­cons safety Lawyer Mil­loy was ar­rested on DUI and speed­ing charges in sub­ur­ban At­lanta early Mon­day, just hours af­ter At­lanta lost to Tampa Bay.

At his Mon­day news con­fer­ence, At­lanta coach Mike Smith would not of­fer de­tails on any po­ten­tial dis­ci­pline Mil­loy could face.

"Any time any of our play­ers are in this type of sit­u­a­tion, we are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed, my­self and our or­ga­ni­za­tion," Smith said. "It's some­thing that is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able."

Gwin­nett County po­lice charged the 34-yearold Mil­loy with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and speed­ing. Mil­loy, who lives in nearby Bu­ford, was booked into the sub­ur­ban At­lanta jail at 4:35 a.m. and posted a bond of more than $1,600 about five hours later.

Though Mil­loy spoke with Smith be­fore the team meet­ing on Mon­day af­ter­noon, Mil­loy was not present in the locker room when re­porters were al­lowed in from 12:35-1:20 p.m.

He is­sued a one-sen­tence state­ment through lawyer Manu­bir Arora of At­lanta.

"I apol­o­gize to my fam­ily, my team­mates, (Fal­cons owner) Mr. (Arthur) Blank, coach Smith, (gen­eral man­ager) Thomas Dim­itroff and our great fans for the in­ci­dent that occurred fol­low­ing Sun­day's game at Tampa Bay," Mil­loy said.

Mil­loy, with 192 starts in his 198 ca­reer games, has been con­sid­ered a team leader since sign­ing a three-year con­tract worth $6 mil­lion in March 2006. A four-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion, he helped New Eng­land win its first Su­per Bowl in Fe­bru­ary 2002.

Un­der the league's sub­stance abuse pol­icy and pro­gram, a DUI con­vic­tion could re­sult in Mil­loy get­ting tested, eval­u­ated and treated for al­co­holism. Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell and the Fal­cons also could im­pose fines, but Smith gave no de­tails.

"I've had a con­ver­sa­tion with Lawyer this morn­ing, a very lengthy con­ver­sa­tion," Smith said. "It was some­thing that I'd like to keep pri­vate be­tween he and I. What I can tell you is that this mat­ter will be han­dled in­ter­nally. The league and the (NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion) sets cer­tain stan­dards on things you can and can­not do."

Smith seemed ir­ri­tated with re­porters when asked about the team's plans for han­dling Mil­loy's predica­ment.

"When I say in­ter­nally, I mean it's go­ing to be han­dled in­ter­nally," Smith said. "We're go­ing to work through this. We've got to let the process run its course. It's a le­gal mat­ter."

Cen­ter Todd McClure, a Fal­con since 1999, in­di­cated that Mil­loy, who led At­lanta with seven solo tack­les in the 24-9 loss at Tampa Bay, re­mains a re­spected team­mate and leader in the locker room.

"Lawyer's a great guy, and we're go­ing to sup­port him through this," McClure said. "He just made a mis­take."

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