Former Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore caught an unnecessary roughness penalty this week after reportedly trying to show another parent that he doesn’t play about his daughter. The one-time Pro-Bowl defensive back was arrested for allegedly shooting inside a vehicle with a woman and two children sitting in the back seat.
Moore was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, two counts of misdemeanor child cruelty, felony criminal damage to property, and felony possession of firearm or knife during commission. He was arrested and held at the Gwinnett County Jail in metro Atlanta on a $21,700 bond.
The victim told WSB-TV Atlanta that her 9-year-old niece met another little girl in Alexander Park in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville and were playing together on April 23. She said that Moore then came up minutes later and started using profanity toward her niece.
“He proceeds to say, your f’n niece slapped my daughter. And I’m like, ‘Well, sir, I apologize. I didn’t see that. I know that they were playing together,” she described to WSB.
The woman told Moore that the two were playing a game similar to tag and it was all in good fun.
A video taken by a witness shows that Moore was poking at the woman’s tire and trying to possibly flatten her tires. The woman said she attempted to drive off for her safety, but accidentally ran into Moore’s vehicle.
“He was livid over absolutely nothing,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the station.
He then begin shoot at the woman’s vehicle and a bullet reportedly went inside the vehicle. The woman’s niece and daughter were sitting in the back seat.
“I could not do anything to console them. They’re crying,” the woman said to WSB.
Who Is The Shooter?
Moore was a second round draft pick of the Falcons in the 2009 NFL draft. He played his college ball at the University of Missouri. He spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the Falcons and made it to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
The former safety racked up 277 solo tackles, 16 interceptions, and 3.5 sacks in his NFL career. Moore started 72 of the 76 games he played but had an injury-plagued career. He only played two full seasons in his seven-year career. He only played in a combined 18 games over his last two seasons with the team.
The Falcons signed him to an extension in 2013, but cut him after the 2015 season in large part because he couldn’t stay healthy.
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