Just thinking about the situation we have for a second. I know it is easy to pin the Irvington roots as the connection Goodson has to the criminal friend, but think a little further before flat out declaring him guilty (and this is just am exercise, he may very well be guilty). Goodson went to two different high schools in Texas- so by age 13 he was already out of NJ. He went to college in the South as well. He was drafted by Carolina, then picked up by Oakland. His return to NJ has come almost 10 years since leaving Irvington. Now sure, he could have maintained contact, but we are talking about relationships being built in early childhood that would have resurfaced. Or, second scenario, this driver was from some circle maybe that was acquainted with his professional life. Either way, he has only been a resident of NJ for what, three months? The weapon was illegally obtained, but are we to believe that one of Goodson's first priorities was to obtain an illegal firearm? If so, is he fearing retaliation from someone? So either, the gun is not his, leaving him with a small amount of weed which is not a real character issue, OR, he felt he needed a firearm ASAP, which is troubling.
My guess is that given how long it is taking in determining who actually owns the gun, that neither Goodson or the driver owned the gun legally, and that the gun is not registered at all.
@ConorTOrr: One thing here: Courts are wary of possibility that athlete would pay off other party to take ownership. There are provisions in place.
@ConorTOrr: Hearing that no determination has been made yet on ownership of the gun in Goodson's case. Will be a big hurdle early next week. #nyj
@ConorTOrr: Our updated story on Goodson, with some analysis from a criminal defense expert #nyj | http://t.co/dzUHVmCNek
Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested early Friday morning and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a bizarre traffic stop in Morris County that could result in prison time for Goodson.
Goodson was the passenger in a gray GMC Yukon SUV that was stopped in the left-center lane of Rt. 80 westbound in Denville just after 3 a.m., police said. A driver in a tow truck approaching the vehicle called 911, causing an ambulance to be sent to the car.
Police said Goodson, 25, and the driver, 31-year-old Garant Evans of Roselle, were intoxicated and that Goodson required medical attention at a nearby hospital.
After searching the car, police discovered that Goodson, who was born in Irvington, was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Additional amounts of the drug were discovered in the car, police said, on top of a more troublesome discovery: A loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to a release sent out by the State Police.
The gun was loaded with at least one hollow-point bullet, a police spokesman said. Neither Goodson nor Evans claimed to be the owner of the gun, and as of Friday night, police said they were still searching gun registries to determine the owner.
When reached for comment, a Jets team spokesman said: "This is a pending legal matter. There will be no further comment until the legal process has run its course."
An NFL spokesman said the incident would be reviewed under league policies.
Goodson was being held at Morris County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.
Goodson signed a three-year, $6.9 million deal with the Jets on March 15 and is the third member of the team to be arrested in the past month. Claude Davis and Cliff Harris, both on reserve/future deals, were arrested in Morristown on April 29 and charged with possession of marijuana. They were released by the team a day later.
Because the marijuana was less than 50 grams, the penalties for the drugs will likely not be serious for Goodson, said Miles Feinsten, a criminal defense attorney and former president of The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.
The gun charge, however, could land Goodson in prison if convicted.
"If he has to plead guilty to possession of a handgun, or possession of a loaded handgun, thatís covered by The Graves Act," said Feinsten, speaking about a law that requires "minimum term of imprisonment and parole ineligibility for certain gun-related crimes."
"That carries a minimum, mandatory three years in a New Jersey State Prison," Feinsten said. "It could be even harsher than (the penalty levied to former Giants wide receiver) Plaxico Burress in New York. This is three years."
Burress accepted a two-year plea deal in 2009, stemming from a 2008 incident.
Feinsten said there is a possibility the charges could be amended by the prosecutor, although the state takes gun-related crimes very seriously.
Goodson was looked at as a steal by the Jets in free agency. The team coveted his explosive potential and 6.3 yards-per-carry average. In an attempt to remake their sputtering offense under new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Goodson had been seen as a key cog alongside former Saints running back Chris Ivory.
Evans had a prior felony conviction. He faces the same charges as Goodson, in addition to DWI, traffic summonses and possession of a weapon with a prior felony conviction. He is being held on $150,000 bail.
That's exactly right... So it's not "sheer nonsense" as the other poster conveyed, it's actually quite common for someone to forget there's still a round in the chamber after ejecting the magazine. It's a little something that could end tragically if you pick the gun up a week later not realizing that you didn't eject the chambered round and pull the trigger thinking it was empty.
All I'm saying is that could be the case here, being that the article says they found ONE hollowpoint round in the vehicle.
One thing I find disturbing about the New Jersey State law (and maybe even the New York State law too) is that having an unregistered firearm in your car automatically makes you the owner of it...
What this means is, if someone really wanted to mess you up and get you thrown in jail all they have to do is place an unregistered handgun (maybe even one used in a crime) in your car somewhere without your knowledge! Think about it, all someone has to do is slip an unregistered handgun with a couple of rounds in it under your seat and YOU ARE TOAST! How are you gonna know it's there? How often do you look under your car seat? I personally never have.
New Jersey needs to change that law because it sounds really wrong to me...
to folks mouth.
I never said he was the greatest anything. I just pointed out that if he was such a failure as you implied, he kick our asses and won the division, not easy with what he had to work with and Tony S. as his head coach.
So your wrong Chad was not a waste and I don't give a rats butt who was injured he still won.
If I was defending him, I would focus on the location of the gun in the vehicle. Best case is the vehicle is owned by the driver and the gun is in a location my guy could not see/reach - trunk area, under the back seat, locked in a case in the back of the SUV. Even better, it would have someone else's prints on it - not my guy's. If he can get the other guy to "admit" that it was his, it would be fantastic for the defense.
Of course, if he bought the gun, it was his car, and the prints on the gun/shells are his, time to get fitted for the jumpsuit.
Too much energy wasted on this guy. He's done, goodbye.
Kinda strange none of our illustrious reporters has even figured out if it was Goodson's car or not.
What if you bought a car from somebody, even a car dealer, and there was a gun under the seat and you never knew about it? Having it there makes it yours and every last crime committed with it is yours too???
Man I'm sorry but that is just bad law right there... I don't care about the intentions of the lawmakers, that is just bad law.
1) Hollowpoints are illegal in NJ, but everyone else in the US including cops and the FBI uses Hollowpoints. Why? Because they are better than ball ammo.
2) New York passed a law that limits the number of rounds that you may have in a weapon to less than the capacity of "normal" mags (10). Thus, you have to have your magazines partially loaded.
3) Most assault weapons bans focus on "scary looking" things like bayonet lugs. Have you ever heard of a civilian getting bayoneted in the USA? Heck. I doubt that anyone has been bayoneted in the wars.