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Facebook causes fight, lands Falcon in jail

SUWANEE - Police arrested an Atlanta Falcons offensive player this week on battery charges after he allegedly roughed up his wife and spat in her face.

The tussle, which spanned the couple's Suwanee home, began when Quinn Ojinnaka's wife "approached him about a female on Facebook," according to a Gwinnett police report.

Arrested Tuesday night, Ojinnaka, 25, is charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He posted $2,400 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail hours later.

Police responded to the domestic dispute call at Ojinnaka's Blue Pointe Court residence about 9 p.m.

The 6-foot, 6-inch offensive tackle told police he'd settled down to watch the Cleveland-Orlando NBA playoff game about 8 p.m. when his wife approached him about the online acquaintance. When he ignored her, she unplugged the television to get his attention, and he became angry, the police report says.

The couple's accounts of what happened from that point differ.

Ojinnaka claims he "grabbed her and put her outside" twice, until she went for a walk. The argument later continued upstairs, where he said his wife tried to stab him with a pen, which prompted him to spit in her face, the report says.

Ojinnaka's wife, Ebony, told police her husband threw her on some stairs, then tossed her out of the house twice. She claims he verbally assaulted her and grabbed her by the neck before spitting in her face, the reports says.

Quinn Ojinnaka denied putting his hands around his wife's neck.

"Neither person had visible injuries or complained of any injuries," an officer wrote. "All medical assistance was refused."

Quinn Ojinnaka could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon. His wife did not return a message left on her cell phone.

Falcons spokesman Matt Conti said the team is aware of the situation but declined futher comment.

"Head Coach Mike Smith has spoken to Quinn," Conti said in a release. "Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Falcons will have no further comment at this time."

A product of Syracuse University, Ojinnaka played in eight games last season, his third year as a Falcon. He started seven games in 2007.

Court records show Quinn Ojinnaka is due at a hearing Tuesday in Gwinnett Magistrate Court.

Per state law, battery charges are a misdemeanor until a third conviction.