Falcons' Cameron Batson Arrested After Allegedly Fighting Cop Following Traffic Stop

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVDecember 31, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson (16) warms up prior to the National Football League preseason game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets on August 22, 2022
 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons practice squad wide receiver Cameron Batson was arrested early Saturday morning in Atlanta after allegedly fighting with police officers and fleeing the scene of a traffic stop.

According to ESPN, the Atlanta Police Department stated in a release that Batson was pulled over at 2 a.m. ET on Saturday for speeding and failing to maintain his lane on an interstate. Officers on the scene determined that Batson was intoxicated.

Batson allegedly resisted arrest, and an officer fired his gun during the struggle, but no one was hit. Police say Batson then got into his truck and drove away before crashing, fleeing on foot and ultimately getting subdued and arrested.

The Falcons released the following statement on Batson's arrest: "We have been made aware of an overnight incident involving Cameron Batson and are currently gathering information from law enforcement agencies. We take this matter seriously and have no further comment at this time."

Batson, 27, originally signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2018.

He spent four seasons with the Titans, registering 22 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in 27 games from 2018-2021. He also returned 16 kickoffs for an average of 19.4 yards.

After a torn ACL cut Batson's 2021 season short, he signed with the Falcons in free agency ahead of the 2022 campaign. The move reunited Batson with Arthur Smith, who became Atlanta's head coach after previously serving as the Titans' offensive coordinator.

The Falcons released Batson in August, but he then signed with the practice squad and has spent the entire 2022 season in that role.

The 5-10 Falcons will host the 4-11 Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in their second-to-last game of the season.