Saints' Marcus Maye Arrested on Aggravated Assault with a Firearm Charge

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 1, 2022

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 26: Marcus Maye #20 of the New York Jets looks on during an NFL game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on September 26, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints strong safety Marcus Maye was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm, per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.

Law enforcement sources from Jefferson Parish confirmed the news to WDSU-TV's Travers Mackel (h/t Fletcher Mackel of WDSU-TV).

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network relayed a statement from Maye's attorney, Eric Hessler, denying the allegation:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Statement from Marcus Maye’s attorney, Eric Hessler:<br><br>“Marcus vehemently denies the allegation from a motor vehicle incident, and looks forward to defending himself when all the facts come out.”

Maye, 29, is about to enter his first season with the Saints after playing the first five years of his NFL career with the New York Jets.

Underhill relayed a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office statement regarding the alleged incident, which took place in Metairie, Louisiana.

Nick Underhill @nick_underhill

Police report on Marcus Maye incident <a href="https://t.co/OxeAS4eNR9">pic.twitter.com/OxeAS4eNR9</a>

Saints head coach Dennis Allen was asked about the arrest Thursday and told reporters that the team wouldn't comment until it had more information.

Jeff Nowak @Jeff_Nowak

Here’s what Dennis Allen had to say about Marcus Maye. Effectively a no-comment for now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Saints</a> <a href="https://t.co/WWut7NOJ8h">pic.twitter.com/WWut7NOJ8h</a>

This is the second time Maye has been arrested in the past two years, per Jake Asman of ESPN 97.5 Houston.

Jake Asman @JakeAsman

Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> safety Marcus Maye has now been arrested twice in the last year. In February of 2021, Maye was arrested for DUI and he didn't tell the Jets that it even happened until ESPN reported last October that it did. <a href="https://t.co/3z15q8w6xn">https://t.co/3z15q8w6xn</a>

Maye, who played free safety for most of his Jets career, is currently set to start at strong safety according to the Saints' latest depth chart.

He signed with the Saints on a three-year, $28.5 million contract this offseason.

New Orleans opens the season on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Atlanta Falcons.