Goodson pleads not guilty

Mike Goodson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on two weapons charges in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Goodson was indicted on second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon, for the possession of a hollow-point bullet. He also faces charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, but those are not indictable offenses (Horowtiz).

Garant Evans, the driver of the car Goodson was in, also plead not guilty.

Goodson was arrested in Denville, NJ on May 17.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The real concern is the weapon. The verdict and sentencing might be lessened as the case plays out, but it looks as if the prosecutor and court are unwilling to remove the charge around the weapon and hollow point as it relates to Goodson.

This is a man’s life, but as far as the Jets roster are concerned it doesn’t look good. At a minimum they are going to be seriously scouring free agency and the draft when it comes to a dynamic third down back and potential special teamer.


Mike Goodson’s lawyer Anthony Fusco talks about his client’s appearance in court on gun charges.

29 comments
frustjetfn
frustjetfn

It's so nice being concerned with criminal charges limiting playing time instead of focusing on strengthening the team.for the upcoming season. - Sarcasm.


Now is when we'll see how good a GM Idzik is. Will he hold on to a question mark: not only with serious injury problems, but with legal problems also just because he signed him last year? Or will he move forward and focus on healthy, team-first players who will be available on game day?  Furthermore, it's not like Goodson is an established producer, a star performer or a long-term Jet who contributed many solid years to the team. Instead, Goodson's a 4th Round draft choice with his 3rd team who couldn't crack the Raider's lineup.


So the questions now are how driven is Idzik to put players on the field and did Woody hire the right man? Does management have a serious team-first philosophy or is it more of a fraternity? We all know that Rex is more of the latter, but we don't know if Idzik is the counterbalance to that or not. I believe we'll know a lot more before the start of this season.

Bytor
Bytor

Legal problems and recovering from acl/mcl, I'm definitely drafting his replacement. Why overpay for a McFadden or MJD for part time work.? We're still using Ivory as our sledgehammer. I basically want a quicker, faster version of Powell.

joe11
joe11

Not saying that I want him but what do you think McFadden would be demanding after another season of injuries? Maybe with a 3rd down type role, he can stay on the field and contribute like Goodson looked like he was going to do after returning from his suspension this year.

williamg1
williamg1

Better hope the other guy decides to take the blame. 


Anyone expect him on roster come opening day? 

jake100
jake100

Maybe they both get community service and have to write on the blackboard 1, 000 times, " from now on I will behave"  

Bent
Bent moderator

Crucially, the other dude also pleaded not guilty.

joe11
joe11

@Bytor I don't know if this is referring to my post or not but I'm going to respond like it is... I never said overpay for McFadden but if the price is right, why wouldn't you want to bring him in at a Goodson type deal and not have to worry about RB at all with a three headed monster in the backfield. Powell, Ivory & McFadden can start on most teams and we would have all three!

jake100
jake100

@williamg1 


Goody doesn't even have the money to offer him to take the fall, not saying he would though. With all his other indiscretions and these lawyer bills, he will have huge money issues.

jake100
jake100

@Bent 

So whose gun was it is the obvious deciding factor. I heard if they cant determine that, under NJ law, both will be convicted.

bob
bob

@Bent



Awe no...I think maybe if Goodson gives the judge an ice cream the judge will let him off..Ya  dats right. Everybody likes ice cream.

Bytor
Bytor

@joe11 @Bytor I apologize about the overpay comment. I have a feeling someone will, I didn't mean to imply you would. McFadden, while infinitely talented and I wouldn't have been sad if we had drafted him originally, can't stay healthy. I would think McF or MJD would also want to start. I'd rather draft a guy like Charles Sims.

joe11
joe11

@a57se Is it because he has trouble staying on the field? This guy CAN be a top 5 RB when staying healthy. Why wouldn't you want him here? His style of running (i.e. McCoy) is perfect for MM system and with a limitation on snaps, he can hopefully stay away from injuries and contribute where we need it most. He is great in the open field and has good hands as well.

jake100
jake100

@Bent 

I also heard that Goodson was the one who paperwork wise rented the car, so that is not good for him, b/c if they cant determine whose gun it was, that might lean it to Goodson having the responsibility, just speculation.

jake100
jake100

@bob @Bent 

He should have told the Judge to pull his finger, lol

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong 

The guy is 5'10" tall and 176 LBs........too small to be a feature back. He is a Darren Sproles get 10-15 touches a game type of guy that you hope hits a home run now and then.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se @Marcus Armstrong @sulekeisha noooo!!!! Elite returner. (And absolutely brilliant running outside zone type stuff)

jake100
jake100

Good luck selling that to a judge or jury.

jake100
jake100

@djf1 @jake100 @__fense @harold 


Yeah, nothing is perfect and that has to be the 1%. Logic though in this case would tell me the gun came from one of the two in the car, but I might be reaching, lol  I am sure the lawyer will show your post, even though one was one felon, weed and bullets also found and both were under the influence and passed out in the middle of a Hwy. Iron clad case for acquittal.  I have rented cars many times and Every time they checked the car out thoroughly when I returned it, but things can slip through, even if rare, but this case, I dont think so.

jake100
jake100

@__fense @harold  Rental policy....... they check the car out thoroughly, before they rent it to the next party. 

__fense
__fense

@harold The car being a rental is the biggest part of it that I haven't heard before. We were told before that it was locked away in the driver's car, and that Goodson didn't know about it. If the car was a rental (and a rental of Goodson's), it's less likely that the gun was just there before he got in the car.

jake100
jake100

@harold 

Thanks for clearing that up. That will help, but again, the issue is if they cant prove whose gun it is, both will pay the price under NJ law. 

harold
harold

It does not say Goodson rented here is a quote from the lawyer for Evans:

"The car was a rental it was rented by someone apparently associated with Goodson," Ashley said. "It was not rented by my client."

Evans allegedly told officers on the scene the gun was his, although he retracted that statement.