Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested early Friday morning after the car he was in was found stopped on Route 80 in New Jersey. Goodson was officially charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition.
The Jets released a statement on Goodson, saying “We are aware of the report and are gathering information.”
Goodson was being taken to the hospital when marijuana was found in his possession. Cops then searched vehicle and found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, according to News 12. He had less than 50 grams of marijuana on him at the time, but cops said when they approached the car, it had a “strong odor” or marijuana.
Goodson was the passenger in the car, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. He was first taken to the hospital due to his level of intoxication, then taken into police custody, according to Connor Orr of The Star-Ledger.
The police are trying to figure out who is the owner of the gun, as both Goodson and the driver denied owning it, according to Orr.
“Quick research shows NJ law for possession of a handgun is a 3rd degree offense and carries a 3-5 year sentence if convicted,” Garafolo said.
Goodson is being held on $50,000 bail.
The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract on March 15.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis is a totally avoidable situation for Goodson. It’s true we don’t know all the details, but we do know that the Jets offer players a service called Player Protect. It’s a celebrity/athlete tailored protection detail that’s available (and I believe free) to their players which provides licensed and bonded security personnel to act as protection and driver to players with total anonymity to the Jets. PP’s personnel step in in the case of overt illicit activity and do so in a preventative way and in a way that won’t get back to any other interested parties.
The point here is that there are too many resources available to the player for it to be this far down the road. When the news first broke, the details were hazy. For me personally it was the possession of a hollow-point bullet that puts it over the edge in terms of what the team’s reaction to the matter should be.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Jets would eat $1,000,000 in money should they cut Goodson. It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it shouldn’t be enough to keep them from whatever moves they might deem necessary to make. (UPDATE: Jason of OTC tweeted that the $1 million bonus could be recoverable if he misses time due to this legal matter)
Joe McKnight’s comments from yesterday are kind of ironic, but with this breaking news today, his roster spot seems much more secure.