Jets RB Mike Goodson Arrested on Drug, Weapons Charges

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2013

New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested early Friday on drug possession and weapons charges, reports News 12 New Jersey:

Sources say Goodson and a companion were found intoxicated in an SUV along Route 80 in Denville. Authorities have not said why the car was stopped on the highway.

Goodson was being taken to a hospital when authorities discovered marijuana in his possession. Officers searching the SUV also found a loaded 45-caliber handgun.

Both Goodson and his companion, identified as Garret Evans, were taken to a hospital for an evaluation. They were then released to State Police custody and transported to the Netcong barracks.

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Jets RB Mike Goodson, embroiled in legal issues this off-season, is expected to report to team in next 24 hours.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26, 2013

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 9:55 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Goodson's court appearance didn't last too long on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN New York's Jane McManus, as the Jets running back pled not guilty to the charges levied against him. McManus also reported that a plea deal wasn't on the table, meaning at this point, the 26 year-old would have to face a full trial on the gun and marijuana charges. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 22, at 9:20 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

More details have emerged in the Mike Goodson case, courtesy of Newsday's Kimberly A. Martin. 

Per Martin's report:

Jets running back Mike Goodson was “incoherent, slobbering and had vomited all over himself as well as the interior of the vehicle,” at the time of his May 17 arrest, according to a New Jersey State Police affidavit that was obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Goodson, 25, appeared in court Wednesday to plead not guilty to gun and drug charges stemming from his arrest last week. He was arrested, along with 31-year-old Garant Evans, after the SUV they were driving in was found parked in the left-center lane on Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J.

According to the affidavit, state police found a baggie of marijuana in Goodson’s pants pocket, a loaded Taurus Millennium handgun and drug paraphernalia in the car. The gun, a .45-caliber semi-automatic, contained "4 Speer rounds and one Winchester hollow-point bullet." Evans gave permission for the vehicle to be searched, according to the report.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Goodson will plead not guilty to all of the charges he faces, according to a report from the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta

Per that report:

Goodson's lawyer, Tony Fusco, said Goodson will plead not guilty to all charges at his arraignment on Wednesday.

The Daily News learned that Goodson has informed the Jets the gun wasn't his.

"Mike’s charged with possession of that gun, but we’re confident we’re going to be able to show (the gun wasn’t his)," Fusco said. 

Fusco, said he believes if the gun charges lead to a conviction it would result in jail time.

"If anybody gets convicted of one of these (gun) charges, I would say prison," he said.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21, at 9:57 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Mike Goodson's pre-trial hearing date is scheduled for June 12, 2013, according to New York Daily News' Seth Walder.

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 18 at 1:55 a.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

Goodson has been released on bail from the Morris County Jail late on Friday evening, according to The New York Daily News' Seth Walder.

Bail had reportedly been set at $50,000.

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New Jersey State Police released the following statement:

Troopers from Netcong station arrested two men for possession of a loaded handgun and marijuana after their vehicle was found stopped in the center-left lane of Rt. 80 early this morning. Garant Evans, 31 of Roselle, N.J. and Michael Goodson, Jr., 25, of Spring, Texas were processed at Netcong State Police Station and lodged in Morris County jail.

Garant Evans was the driver of a grey Yukon with Tennesee registration that was stopped in the left center lane of the highway when a tow truck driver came upon them just after 3:00 a.m. today. The tow driver called 911 and an ambulance was dispatched. Troopers arrived and arrested Evans for Driving While Intoxicated. Goodson was determined by medics to require evaluation at the hospital. Prior to his transport to St. Clare’s in Denville, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Troopers searching the vehicle located an additional amount of marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports reports Goodson's multiple charges include possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today adds that police discovered hollow-point bullets along with the firearm in the vehicle.

The Jets are aware of the situation but would only say they are currently gathering information, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

Goodson signed a three-year contract worth nearly $7 million with the Jets in March. He played with the Oakland Raiders last season after spending the first three years of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

The Texas A&M product was expected to compete with Chris Ivory for playing time in New York's rebuilt backfield. He averaged more than six yards per carry in limited action for the Raiders in 2012.

It remains unclear how the charges will impact his status with the team. It's a decision the Jets will have to make after they finish their fact-finding mission and receive Goodson's side of the story. As the News 12 report states, he was put in police custody after being released from the hospital. 

Although it's too early to make any final judgments about the arrest, it's clearly not an ideal scenario for the recently signed running back. Once more details emerge about Goodson's involvement, the situation should become clearer.