According to multiple reports, running back Mike Goodson did not have himself the best of nights. He was reportedly a passenger in a car that was idling in the left lane of New Jersey's Route 80; a car that also contained marijuana (less than 50 grams), a loaded handgun, and hollow-point rounds. Before we rush to judgement and call for Goodson's head on John Idzik's platter, there may be more to the story:
Goodson was the passenger in the car. The driver was charged with DUI and also possession of a handgun with a prior.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 17, 2013
Regardless of who was driving and who the weapon belonged to, Goodson was apparently so intoxicated that he was first taken to the hospital before being taken into custody, according to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. Once in custody, he was charged with possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a hollow-point bullet and possession of drug paraphernalia, per Seth Walder of the Daily News. This conflicts with Garafolo's report that the driver was charged with weapons possession (implying that Goodson wasn't). Jets' brass released a short statement this morning, saying "We are aware of the report and are gathering information".
The full extent of Goodson's alleged crimes are not clear yet, and we'll bring you more as it develops. Regardless, Joe McKnight has to have an extra pep in his step today, as he is the player most likely to benefit if Goodson is forced to miss any time. Goodson is innocent until proven guilty.