NFL safety William Moore of the Atlanta Falcons arrested and charged with battery

Posted By Urban News Hour | April 19, 2013

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore is in trouble with the law.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Moore was arrested and charged with simple battery Thursday, according to Fulton County jail records.

Tracy Flanagan, public affairs officer at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, later confirmed the arrest and charge. Moore’s first appearance hearing is at Fulton County Jail at 11 a.m. on Friday. No bond was set.

“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Falcons said in a statement. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”

The details surrounding the charge are unknown at this time. The arrest comes a month after Moore, 27, signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Falcons.

A second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, Moore started 12 games last season, finishing with 105 tackles and four interceptions. The performance earned Moore his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Moore has had no prior issues with the law in his four years in the NFL.

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