Buzz: McKnight arrested last week for unpaid traffic fines

Already out after suffering a head injury and having come under fire for passing his conditioning test a day late, news emerged last night of more problems for beleaguered Jets running back Joe McKnight. Brian Costello of the New York Post writes:

The arrest occurred on July 30, when the players had a day off from training camp. McKnight was pulled over shortly after 11 a.m. in Hanover Township, near the Jets training center, after he passed a police officer on the right at a high speed and then changed lanes without signaling in his 2010 Mercedes Benz, according to Capt. Shawn Waldron.

Patrolman David Littman checked the license plate and discovered an outstanding warrant for blowing off a $200 fine for failing to produce and insurance card in the town of Summit. He saw a second warrant for nonpayment of a $120 fine from a ticket for failing to observe a traffic signal in Springfield.

McKnight was handcuffed and brought to the police station where he posted bail, which was the $320 the outstanding warrants were for. He was released with a summons for an unsafe lane change and uninsured motor vehicle.

Having heard that McKnight was arrested, it’s at least encouraging that the reality is that this was not as serious as it could have been. However, with McKnight already behind the 8-ball in terms of making a roster spot and the Jets organization desperately trying to rid itself of a “circus” tag bestowed upon it by the media, this was the last thing anyone needed to see. When McKnight gets back, he’s going to have to perform extremely well to overcome all of these setbacks.


Update – 10:30 a.m.: McKnight’s court date will be August 12 at 5 p.m.