Among the five charges Jets running back Mike Goodson faces as a result of his May arrest in New Jersey are three charges having to do with unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition.
Shortly after Goodson’s arrest, his lawyer Anthony Fusco said that the gun found in a car that Goodson was a passenger in when police found it stopped on an interstate belonged to the driver and not Goodson. According to Fusco, the driver agrees with that.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Fusco said Friday that reports he’s received as part of the discovery process ahead of any court proceedings indicate that Garant Evans claimed ownership of the firearm when he spoke to police immediately after the arrest. Evans’ attorney could not be reached for comment.
If the gun charges against Goodson are dropped, he might still face league discipline for two drug charges but it would likely lessen the chances that he’d be dropped by the Jets as a result of the arrest. He has been participating in the team’s voluntary workouts, although he missed Wednesday’s session, which was open to the media, with what was described as an illness.
UPDATE 2:39 p.m. ET: Garafolo has updated his report to include the New Jersey State Police report from the night in question, which states that Evans claimed ownership of the gun, but that he didn’t answer other questions about where he obtained it. The report also indicates that Goodson was charged on the gun counts because “the degree of alcohol and intoxication” of both men made it impossible to discern the truth.