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After arrest, questions raised about why Jets signed Mike Goodson

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In four NFL seasons, Mike Goodson has totaled 160 carries for 722 yards and three touchdowns, with seven fumbles. Those aren’t exactly the kinds of numbers that would seem to justify the three-year, $6.9 million contract the Jets gave him this offseason.

And that’s before we get into his off-field problems.

Goodson was arrested last week on drug and weapons charges, and that kind of issue arising apparently came as no surprise from NFL people who knew Goodson’s background. ESPNNewYork.com quotes a scout from another team saying of the Jets, “Do these guys do background checks?” The Jets say they do, in fact, investigate players before signing them, although they declined to comment specifically on Goodson’s past.

That past, according to ESPN, includes a slew of lawsuits over everything from child support to repeated failure to pay his rent to refusing to pay the bill after buying jewelry on credit to skipping his car payments.

Goodson has been sued by three different women for child support for a total of six children he fathered with them. He also didn’t pay a $56,465 bill at a jewelry store, and after the store sued him, the amount he owed was garnished from his Raiders paychecks. And when Goodson was playing for the Panthers, he failed to pay his rent so often that he was sued for it three times and received two eviction notices. Goodson was also sued by a man who sold him a $49,000 Mercedes and said Goodson didn’t make the payments.

So either the Jets knew all that about Goodson and wanted him anyway, or they signed him without fully exploring his background. It’s tough to say which would be worse.

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91 Responses to “After arrest, questions raised about why Jets signed Mike Goodson”
  1. lgbarn says: May 25, 2013 7:03 AM

    Damn!!! I grew up in the hood and I’m embarrassed for him.

  2. jimjets says: May 25, 2013 7:05 AM

    wonder if the panthers or raiders do background checks? wonder if the jets are the only team who give questionable guys a chance when they have a need? wonder if it’s just always easy to pick on teams from the greatest city in the world when they have a bad year or two?

  3. helixir1 says: May 25, 2013 7:09 AM

    yea, Jets are still a joke. It’s going to be another fun year watching the Jets continue the circus.

  4. h1ndrix says: May 25, 2013 7:12 AM

    Sounds like a class act. This guy might be in the running with Albert Haynesworth for top spot in the pantheon of NFL scumbags.
    Nice work Jets.

  5. GenXJay says: May 25, 2013 7:13 AM

    Goodson’s life has Jerry Springer Show written all over it.

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 25, 2013 7:13 AM

    Not even counting his prior NFL earnings, the guy signs a $7,000,000.00 contract – and – I would bet that few of us consider him to be financially secure.

    And he’s not exactly the kind of guy you feel sorry for, either. His kids on the other hand, deserve a lot better than they got.

    Had he not been a complete jackass, his life could be really sweet — but he’s wrecked his life and done major damage to everyone and thing that’s been in his path. The Jets are the latest to feel the Mike Goodson Experience.

  7. i, flounder says: May 25, 2013 7:15 AM

    i agree with the previous poster, east rutherford new jersey is the greatest city in the world.

  8. jets13 says: May 25, 2013 7:17 AM

    I know you write the article because people love to crack on the jets……and this guy is a loser…

    but if your going to write the salary at least kinda make it correct, you just put the basics

    of that 9 million, only 1 million is guaranteed, the jets can cut him and save money against the cap all 3 years he is signed for…….

    …….so the jets did their homework and gave him a cap friendly contract

  9. dutchman1350 says: May 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    I’m sure he will be on thin ice. Hopefully part of his time will be spent meeting with local law enforcement, ensuring a positive path in life, and an asset to his community.

  10. chilster2k says: May 25, 2013 7:27 AM

    I know this guys family. They knew very little about this except about his kids. His family, other than him, is well respected. He is an embarrassment to them and to himself. I was really excited about him getting a chance at starting with the Jets after watching him play well with the Raiders last season. It’s ironic that the Jets released someone, Tebow, with outstanding character and hired this guy who turns out to be more of a criminal and deadbeat than a football player. I agree…his kids deserve better.

  11. Patriot42 says: May 25, 2013 7:30 AM

    He has got to be an embarrassment to the Jets.

  12. ampats says: May 25, 2013 7:30 AM

    And the Jets have assigned Goodson a locker next to Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes so he can be comfortable with teammates with similar interests & experiences.

  13. fanfrommontreal says: May 25, 2013 7:32 AM

    Questions raised about why Jets signed Goodson?
    Not really, in my opinion this guy is definitely a Jet. I can picture him and Cromartie as drinking buddies sharing tips on alimony lawyers…

  14. jetsfansince90 says: May 25, 2013 7:35 AM

    If nfl took child support lawsuits into account. There wouldn’t be enough players to play the game.

  15. bigal1952 says: May 25, 2013 7:37 AM

    This is the first I’m hearing of any problems with him other than the fumbling, which is football related. In his one year with the Raiders, I never heard a peep about any off-field issues and usually somebody gets the scoop on stuff like this and posts it to the boards I frequent.

    As a Raiders fan, I say it’s fair to ask those questions of the Jets, but I also wonder if Reggie McKenzie asked them when he traded Bruce Campbell for him straight up the year before?

    Sounds like he had some real issues even before we got him and we ignored them too.

  16. thebigtim2012 says: May 25, 2013 7:42 AM

    Maybe at the rookie meeting truckloads of rubbers should be given out.

  17. evrybdyhas1 says: May 25, 2013 7:46 AM

    The biggest embarrassment will be for the handfull of teams that lose to this clown act.

  18. ejm845 says: May 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    Its andy reids fault he started this 2nd chance stuff but this guy makes vick look lika an angel

  19. lifelongfinfan says: May 25, 2013 7:55 AM

    @jimjets- Neither the Panthers or raiders gave him 7 million. This criticism is not of the greatest city, or so to speak, but about Horrid decision-making.
    If you don’t Blunder, you don’t get the Fan Thunder!

  20. crp63 says: May 25, 2013 7:55 AM

    I did’nt think any of Travis Henry’s kids would be old enough to play in the NFL yet,time sure does fly….

  21. onbucky96 says: May 25, 2013 7:59 AM

    Great move Jets! Goodson is a Grade A Dirtbag. He needs to spend 5 or 10 minutes with Tim Tebow, his life would be better off…

  22. clebrowntown says: May 25, 2013 8:04 AM

    Oh the humanity!
    What’s in the Kool Aid at the Jets GM office?
    On what level did it actually make sense to sign Goodson? The Ryan family’s fondness for badasses seems to have been replaced by a love of dumbasses.
    Are they looking to replace The Jerry Springer Show or what?

  23. agc99 says: May 25, 2013 8:11 AM

    Maybe Goodson can share a room with Santonio Holmes or should I say jail cell.

  24. clownsfan says: May 25, 2013 8:15 AM

    They signed him because they felt they needed one more P.O.S on the payroll.

  25. cwk22 says: May 25, 2013 8:18 AM

    Back ground check or not, his stats alone say I fleeced the jets.

  26. z561 says: May 25, 2013 8:21 AM

    Describing the history of failure that is the JETS a “bad season or two” is like calling WW2 a slight disagreement.

  27. tooz72 says: May 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    real classy individual

  28. richerie13 says: May 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    Is this circus ever going to end. It just seems that nomatter who they bring in top run this soap opera franchise, they too go into the black hole.
    As a season ticket holder I think the best move they can make is to move the team to another city, town, state, or foreign country so us fans can save our money and do other things.

  29. alvacado2013 says: May 25, 2013 8:27 AM

    Perhaps Goodson had pictures of Sexy Rexy and his wife in compromising situations? Oh, never mind…

  30. mcjon22 says: May 25, 2013 8:32 AM

    “I knew I liked this guy for some reason. We’re cut from the same fabric”

    Antonio Cromartie

  31. mrbigass says: May 25, 2013 8:33 AM

    7 Mil?

    His creditors and baby mamas are fascinated……

  32. thekingdave says: May 25, 2013 8:34 AM

    Watch the 2006 UT A&M game and it might remind you why teams continue to roll the dice on him. Tons of talent.

  33. str8infamous says: May 25, 2013 8:37 AM

    All they had to do was ask Tampa to include Blount with the Revis trade…problem solved! This new GM doesn’t appear to be any better than his predecessor in regards to talent evaluation

  34. m1mplax39 says: May 25, 2013 8:41 AM

    At least he has less baby mama’s than Cromartie

  35. jpat2424 says: May 25, 2013 8:48 AM

    Scumbag

  36. patfic15 says: May 25, 2013 8:49 AM

    I never knew he was such a prick!

  37. rlj2170 says: May 25, 2013 8:50 AM

    My question is was he raised by both parents and where was the teaching of responsibilities?
    This guy acts as if the world owes him a favor and it shows increasingly in todays youth. these young players want the money of adulthood without having to accept the role of being adult. Its sad to say that todays society is too passive on the children and the upbringing they get

  38. tv426 says: May 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    A walking stereotype!

  39. oldbyrd says: May 25, 2013 8:53 AM

    Some kids never learn

  40. kerryc21realty says: May 25, 2013 8:56 AM

    I still say the jets owner biggest mistake was not firing Rex Ryan. Why he felt the need to keep that clown is beyond me

  41. billsfan1 says: May 25, 2013 9:07 AM

    I am married with two beautiful daughters and a son that i had from a previous girlfriend when I was 21. He is almost 16 and his mother and I get along real good. He gets along amazingly with his sisters and I have no problem handing his mom a check every two weeks (although I am waiting anxiously for 21 lol…
    i cant imagine doing that to 3 or 4 women for 6 kids… After my 1, i made sure that wouldnt happen again until i was married.. this guy is a fool and I feel no sympathy for him

    Welcome to the state of NY, Travis Henry 2.0

  42. peanutele24 says: May 25, 2013 9:08 AM

    Str8infamous said ….All they had to do was ask Tampa to include Blount with the Revis trade…problem solved! This new GM doesn’t appear to be any better than his predecessor in regards to talent evaluation.

    Great post I was actually hoping for that when the trade went down . It would of made so much sense getting a player along with them picks. The Bucs prob would have had no qualms about throwing Blount in on the trade. Blount and ivory in the backfield running wild would of been a good look.

  43. kacapaco says: May 25, 2013 9:08 AM

    I guess, its were trying to get Cro a friend.

  44. fordmandalay says: May 25, 2013 9:30 AM

    If the Jets didnt exist, the NFL would have to create them. They’re the comic relief for the league, like the crazy friend on a sitcom.

  45. rayguyreturns says: May 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    His pet phrase is: “I left my checkbook at the office”.
    It explains the “no pay the rent” argument.

    You have to love the “no accountability” lifestyle some of these guys lead. Who raised him? A grifter?

  46. 23chameleons says: May 25, 2013 9:43 AM

    He sure can hit the hole with authority …

  47. pkswally024 says: May 25, 2013 10:03 AM

    Lets buy a $50,000 car instead of paying for you’re six illegitimate kids. What a loser this guy is. Glad he gets to make 6 mill to play football.

  48. drone501 says: May 25, 2013 10:04 AM

    screw the background check. how bout a credit check,

  49. phinfan527 says: May 25, 2013 10:05 AM

    May be at mini camp?!! Are you serious!! If it were you or me our asses would be in jail after what this guy did. It doesn’t matter what team he is on. He doesn’t deserve to play football. I hate the planes, and will just add to my disrespect for that franchise if they let him play. Sports in this country is going down the toilet fast!!

  50. petedutcher says: May 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    It’s the Jets. Nuff said.

    I wonder, is it possible Sanchez is better than the Jets allow him to be? Could he be better with a proper team?

    Being the Jets, they will likely trade him, start Smith Sanchez will get a ring and Smith will be the bust we all know he is.

  51. elmoron says: May 25, 2013 10:10 AM

    ampats says:
    May 25, 2013 7:30 AM
    And the Jets have assigned Goodson a locker next to Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes so he can be comfortable with teammates with similar interests & experiences.

    And the Pats assign a cameraman a locker next to every player on their roster.

  52. cmdrsmooth says: May 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    Any reason the media is bringing this up now? Where was their investigation when he first got picked up by Jets?

    D you guys do your own investigations or just wait for Unnamed sources to hand over everything?

  53. chazzmon says: May 25, 2013 10:25 AM

    This guy has a chance to wake up and have a productive life/career, not wasting his God given ability, but the crystal ball here sees him broke or in jail or both within 5 years.

  54. bullethead527 says: May 25, 2013 10:27 AM

    Goodson should change his name to Badson.

  55. tigerlilac says: May 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    Woody Johnson can’t bring himself to cut a guy he to whom he will continue to owe money. Woody never learned that with some people, less of them is more. The Jets will not win until they get a change of ownership. This born-on-third-base guy just doesn’t have what it takes.

  56. greattastelessfilling says: May 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    Sounds like your typical Obama voter. Expect everything and have other people pay for it.

  57. mayday5 says: May 25, 2013 10:43 AM

    judging from his photo and actions, the man could be retarded. I believe NY has a huge tax write off for companies giving opportunities to those with mental deficiencies, thus making this a cheap pickup for the Jets.

  58. smiggles20 says: May 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    for the record it’s much different when the Raiders send a big beefcake in Campbell to Carolina for Goodson, and goodson’s salary with the raiders was 615K. We weren’t idiots and gave him what the Jets did. Also people keep talking about the Raiders as if Al’s alive. Reggie Mckenzie is running the evaluations and contracts now it he’d doing a fabulous job considering the mess he was left.

  59. 1rockyracoon says: May 25, 2013 11:10 AM

    I think carnival music should play in the background whenever you read or watch something about the Jets.

  60. suchajoke says: May 25, 2013 11:11 AM

    Such a clown act…..That has had multiple playoff appearances and wins in the last 15 years or so while a bunch of other teams can’t even sniff a playoff victory for YEARS

    So what does that say about your franchise??

    Bills, Dolphins, Browns, Chiefs, Raiders, Bengals, Vikings, Lions, Bucs…….Win a playoff game or even 2 (which is stretching it I know) and then talk about the clown act Jets, LOSERS

  61. ryann252013 says: May 25, 2013 11:13 AM

    Let’s just cut this guy, hes a clear cut idiot.

    If Idzik was smart he would sign Ahmad Bradshaw to split carries with Ivory. It’s time for the JETS to start signing high character players i’m sick of this and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the idiot who talked smack about Mark Sanchez.

  62. lrjets says: May 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    @jimjets
    These Jets haters will find anything to troll here.
    It ain’t easy being in the center of the Universe.
    Simple answer: Jealousy

  63. babyphife says: May 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    its almost like the Jets slept with PFT’s girlfriend at this point….enough guys geeez

  64. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: May 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    Goodson = Aquib Talib

  65. jeremycrowhurst says: May 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    If teams were prohibited from signing players who were irresponsible with their money, then no team would be able to fill even half of their 53 man roster.

    As for the criminal charges, let’s review: he’s the front seat passenger, in a car with a driver, and neither one of the them is the owner of the car. Drugs and guns are found in the back seat.

    I wouldn’t think you’d have to be a lawyer to know that, unless there’s a fingerprint on the gun, the clip, or the baggie, there’s no case. As a lawyer (a prosecutor, by the way), I’m disgusted that they’re proceeding with charges on such a piece of crap of a case.

  66. hehateme2 says: May 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    jimjets says: May 25, 2013 7:05 AM

    wonder if it’s just always easy to pick on teams from the greatest city in the world when they have a bad year or two?

    Bad year or two? dude, 1968 was a looong time ago.

  67. hehateme2 says: May 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    z561 says: May 25, 2013 8:21 AM

    Describing the history of failure that is the JETS a “bad season or two” is like calling WW2 a slight disagreement.

    funny and so true. I get the feeling that we’ll still be hearing about the 2 AFCC lost games for the next decade as they continue their downward spiral.

  68. suchajoke says: May 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    Miami Dolphins last playoff win was back in 2000…..13 years ago, LMAO

    Buffalo Bills, last playoff victory?? 1995!

    There’s 2 teams in the same division as the Jets that have been a complete failure since the turn of the century, just based off of success on the field, which is all that matters

    I guess it’s better to be a disaster on the field and just fade into obscurity than be a decent franchise with a ton of attention?? Makes sense

  69. lagg1 says: May 25, 2013 11:52 AM

    First I couldn’t understand the contract that was given to Goodson. Secondly, he had a rep in Charlotte (according to some of my work colleagues) with acting shall we say non-professional. Why in God’s earth would Idzik take a chance on this guy when Smith needs offensive assets not a$$holes. Good luck with this mess Jet fans!

  70. Wisconsin77 says: May 25, 2013 11:57 AM

    He and Cramatie will get along splendidly

  71. genericcommenter says: May 25, 2013 12:08 PM

    You’d be surprised by how many professionals and high-earners don’t bother paying their bills. I’m talking about educated, “clean cut” individuals that most of society would not be quick to stereotype or demean for their behavior. Typically, they get hired and paid based on their job performance. It takes a lot for debt lawsuits or garnishments to really be a distraction. When you consider artists and entertainers (which that’s really what athletes are), it’s probably fairly common.

  72. nomoreseasontix says: May 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    I’ve often wondered how apparently marginal players end up with out-sized contracts.
    Dumb GMs? Brilliant agents?
    I think it involves a team executive needing to look brilliant by identifying a hidden gem in a third tier player, and the agent correctly assessing the situation and taking advantage of it.
    Goodson has done nothing in his career to justify the size of his contract. He was OK with the Raiders last year. Nothing special. When they didn’t keep him, it didn’t even cause a minor hiccup in the fan base around here.
    But, the Jets somehow decided he was worthy of a good sized contract with a million in a signing bonus.
    No matter who runs the office there, it seems they’re determined to take over the role of Al Davis as the place to go for a silly contract.

  73. lifeimitatesfootball says: May 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    And this guy was an Aggie?

    Memo to Jets fans: only Jets fans could blame the blunders and TWO, count ‘em, TWO division titles and FOUR, count ‘em, FOUR wildcard spots–yes, a mere 6 seasons making the playoffs since 1969!–on the decades long suckitude of the Bills and Dolphins!
    Two teams much more likely to make the playoffs in the 2010s than the Jets! But go ahead, blame the Bills and Fins for your incompetence! That’s what makes you guys Jets fans, and blaming others for their stupidity is what makes the Jets the Jets!

  74. bingobrown12 says: May 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    “Do these guys do background checks?”

    Well of course they do,they are just bad at it like
    everything else.

  75. latenightroach says: May 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    If Fireman ED gave up being a Jets fan, you know things must be pretty bad.

  76. phinfan says: May 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    If they want to rebuild they need to get rid of the distracting players, even players with lightning rods on their heads like sanchez

  77. censoredagain says: May 25, 2013 12:39 PM

    Question: Why did the Jets sign Mike Goodson?

    Answer: Because the Jets are a poorly managed, poorly coached organization who value hype and headlines above all else, including the success of their team.

    Anything else? Let me know

  78. censoredagain says: May 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    latenightroach says: May 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    If Fireman ED gave up being a Jets fan, you know things must be pretty bad.

    Fireman Ed gave up because he’s a gutless clown. He claims to have once been a Miami fan, which is all the proof you need that he was destined to be a frontrunner, no matter which team he claimed to have been a fan of going forward.

  79. micknangold says: May 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Enough about this clown already.

  80. micknangold says: May 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    And this guy was an Aggie?

    Memo to Jets fans: only Jets fans could blame the blunders and TWO, count ‘em, TWO division titles and FOUR, count ‘em, FOUR wildcard spots–yes, a mere 6 seasons making the playoffs since 1969!–on the decades long suckitude of the Bills and Dolphins!
    Two teams much more likely to make the playoffs in the 2010s than the Jets! But go ahead, blame the Bills and Fins for your incompetence! That’s what makes you guys Jets fans, and blaming others for their stupidity is what makes the Jets the Jets!

    ==============================

    You must know everything about Jets fans! Please, tell me more about myself. Being a Jets fan, I am too stupid to realize this for myself.

    We’ve also made the playoffs more than six times. Twice as many, to be exact. Good fact checking.

  81. fwippel says: May 25, 2013 1:18 PM

    Considering that it was the Jets that signed him, they probably did it because they figure he’d team with Bill Todman to create more game shows like back in the 70’s. “The Price is Right is a Mike Goodson Bill Todman production.”

  82. dolphinatic13 says: May 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    And does this come as a surprise to anyone?

  83. mrzazz41387 says: May 25, 2013 1:30 PM

    This is stupid. The NFL is filled with financially irresponsible players. Without them, there would be no NFL. The Jets signed him because he is an offensive playmaker. That is exactly what the Jets need on offense. The fact that you question it, makes me question how you are payed to analyze such matters.

  84. jetsfansince1968 says: May 25, 2013 1:39 PM

    Sad to say, when Eric Mangini was head coach, he wanted high character football players.

    These were the players, Rex won with in his first two years.

    Now the Jets employ football players with low morals.

    No surprise last two years losing records.

  85. gvboot says: May 25, 2013 2:14 PM

    Go Jets.

  86. sickcub says: May 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    It’s hard to believe anyone would hire this guy. What a loser.

  87. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    jeremycrowhurst says: May 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    As a lawyer (a prosecutor, by the way), I’m disgusted that they’re proceeding with charges on such a piece of crap of a case.

    _________________________________________

    You have a strange sense of outrage.

    Additionally, your employer has a strange social media policy.

  88. MTLighthouse69 says: May 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    What would the Jets be without all of the “drama”?

    If the Jets were serious about winning, they would have cleaned house completely and started over. That includes giving Rex the boot.

    Of course in Ryan time he would be out of a job for about 5 minutes. In the real world, it would be five months.

  89. berg945 says: May 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    It all starts at the top with woody.

  90. goldrush94 says: May 25, 2013 6:03 PM

    What do u mean why? It’s the Jets.

  91. lakermetskins says: May 25, 2013 10:58 PM

    Judge Joe Brown can straighten him out.

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