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Jets express concern for Mike Goodson’s well-being


The Jets cut troubled running back Mike Goodson today, but while the team is done with him as a player, some members of the team say they’re concerned about him as a person.

Goodson, who has had legal problems and substance-abuse issues, hasn’t been in contact with anyone on the Jets and was cut only after he failed to show up for mandatory minicamp. Jets coach Rex Ryan said today that it’s alarming that Goodson hasn’t responded to calls to see if he’s OK.

There’s no question, it concerns me,” Ryan said, via ESPN. “I’ve tried to reach out to him but haven’t been able to make contact with him.”

Goodson’s agent, Kennard McGuire, released a statement saying Goodson needs to “comprehend not only effective communication but simple communication.” McGuire didn’t elaborate, but that sure sounds like McGuire hasn’t heard from Goodson.

Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson described Goodson as “a guy who needs help.” Guard Willie Colon said that teammates usually keep each other apprised of how they’re doing, but Goodson hasn’t.

“That’s the scariest part,” Colon said. “Usually, a guy will send you a text and say, ‘I’m OK.’ Not to hear anything is scary in itself. All you can do is send out prayers to him.”

Said Jets wide receiver David Nelson, “Guys are trying to check in on him, making sure that stuff isn’t reoccurring and taking over.”

If Goodson needs help, we hope he’s getting it.

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41 Responses to “Jets express concern for Mike Goodson’s well-being”
  1. meleecyrus says: Jun 18, 2014 7:07 PM

    At least they didn’t try trade him to the Browns beforehand.

  2. aceakking says: Jun 18, 2014 7:07 PM

    Mike Goodson would be perfect for the Niners.

  3. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 18, 2014 7:08 PM

    Hope he’s alright. Football is the least of his worries.

  4. mp4philly says: Jun 18, 2014 7:10 PM

    Can’t sneak anything past the Jets. Quality organization.

  5. dudermcrbohan says: Jun 18, 2014 7:12 PM

    more like Mike Badson. haha am i right, guys?

  6. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 18, 2014 7:14 PM

    Go Steelers!

  7. scw1993 says: Jun 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    If his own agent can’t get him to text back, then someone better call the police to do a wellness check.

  8. seaeagle707 says: Jun 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    To toss away a career that could have made him financially secure for life, is not the action of a man in full control of that existence. Depressingly, it sounds an awful lot like he has given in to his inner demons. Perhaps, he never actually saw the light of a better day. Whatever the truth, it is a tragedy unfolding.

  9. prideof10000lakes says: Jun 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    I wouldn’t call habitual marijuana use substance abuse.

  10. ncphinsfan says: Jun 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    Sounds like a perfect roommate for Titus Young!

  11. dickshotdogs says: Jun 18, 2014 7:29 PM

    This saddens me. I don’t wish any harm to anyone, even the posters above that have made sarcastic or shameful comments. This young man is troubled and we should only wish him well. For those of you with nothing nice to say, there’s an old saying. “Never miss an opportunity to say nothing.”

  12. dickshotdogs says: Jun 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    And I’m a Patriots fan.

  13. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jun 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    Has anyone bothered to. you know, drive by his house?

  14. montrealraider says: Jun 18, 2014 7:32 PM

    He was fine while with the Raiders. Or at least not failing to his obligations as a football player. I wonder what happened.

  15. tictoccpthook says: Jun 18, 2014 7:56 PM

    Jets teammates , keep reaching out until you find and help him.

  16. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Jun 18, 2014 8:02 PM


  17. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 18, 2014 8:08 PM

    I hope it’s worth it, whatever it is. He just threw an NFL career away.

  18. shaunodame says: Jun 18, 2014 8:36 PM

    What’s the substance that he’s abused?

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 18, 2014 8:49 PM

    We still haven’t heard Mike’s side of the story…..Oh…..

  20. scrotiemcb says: Jun 18, 2014 8:58 PM

    This guy would be a Raider folk-hero.

  21. kev86 says: Jun 18, 2014 9:01 PM

    So he just vanished? Nobody knows?

  22. raiders4ever says: Jun 18, 2014 9:08 PM

    not only was he reliable last year with the Raiders but he also did a very good job But right now forget football i hope the young man is ok…

  23. asimonetti88 says: Jun 18, 2014 9:13 PM

    You have to give Rex Ryan credit. He truly cares about his players, as people as well as employees. He may not be the best head coach, but he still has a lot of admirable qualities like this..

  24. skoobyfl says: Jun 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    Sounds like he’s MIA, not in FL.

  25. bornahawker says: Jun 18, 2014 9:29 PM

    Brandon Marshall is awesome for confronting mental illness head on. I love that kind of wherewithal. Too many of us sweep too much under the rug do to speak.

  26. nicofthenorthstar says: Jun 18, 2014 10:02 PM

    Bummer. Sending some good vibes in goodson’s general direction

  27. teambringitstrong says: Jun 18, 2014 10:07 PM

    Nothing humorous or snarky about this situation.

  28. dubblelznhell says: Jun 18, 2014 10:42 PM

    Maybe he just doesn’t wanna be around too many people. Maybe he needs to chill out and discover more about himself. Who knows? Just because someone decides to draw the curtains, doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something “wrong”….

  29. arminscopyofswank says: Jun 18, 2014 10:48 PM

    If you need help, Jets give it to him.

    Young men who could be good men. please don’t them go to waste.

  30. campcouch says: Jun 18, 2014 11:02 PM

    So what happen to all the “advisors”, leeching family members and his agent? The team didn’t get him strung out. He failed to show up to work so he got canned…like anyone else. If he was a part of the organization,I can get their concern for their investment,be honest,they’re not worried about the individual,especially one who hasn’t produced for his pay.Trying to save people who don’t want it is a waste.

  31. Steven S says: Jun 18, 2014 11:24 PM

    All my best to Mike Goodson.

  32. GenXJay says: Jun 18, 2014 11:36 PM

    This scenario/story is comparative to when trapeze act goes bad.

  33. 34defense2014 says: Jun 18, 2014 11:38 PM

    It’s a shame!! Tones of Talent wasted!! Man, he could run!! It’s a shame that his Disease has taken over!!! I was rooting for him to turn it around!! NY gave him a second, third chance! I hope he gets the help
    He needs and turns it all around!! Becomes the person he really is!!

  34. milkcan44 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:23 AM

    Anyone check with his brother Demetri who is in OTAs in Green Bay?

  35. casurferho says: Jun 19, 2014 6:51 AM

    He is on what us Addicts(or recovered) addicts call a Bender! He probably locked himself in a hotel room with 3$ lot lizard , and has been doing Crank and Booze for 4 days straight! I’m sorry, but being a recovered addict for years, even the best Cronic will NOT cause someone to fall this far into a stupor!!! Good luck to this kid, my prayers are with you man!

  36. beattention says: Jun 19, 2014 8:55 AM

    Being a former raider is whats wrong with him.

  37. TMDawes says: Jun 19, 2014 9:14 AM

    I hope someone, anyone, whether family or friend or former teammates, will be able to reach out to Mike Goodson and help him get his life together. It can no longer be worrying about Mike Goodson, the football player, but about the person he is. He clearly has issues he needs to deal with and reaching out to him to offer some degree of help or out of concern is to be commended, not criticized; recognized and not ridiculed.

  38. bassplucker says: Jun 19, 2014 9:51 AM

    Titus Young, revisited? Goodson’s NFL career is likely history but it’s pretty obvious there are bigger issues than that going on in his life at this point.

  39. whatnojets says: Jun 19, 2014 10:25 AM

    “To err is humane; to forgive, divine.”

  40. madredisonopazzo says: Jun 19, 2014 11:28 AM

    Do the Chiefs need another back?…….I’ll bet Andy Reid could help him.

  41. tnewman41 says: Jun 20, 2014 7:39 AM

    Look I know mike personally I went to high school with him. Lived in college station with him. He flew me up to Carolina he let me come in the locker room. Mike has a great heart and is a very generous person. He is and will always be my brother from another mother. Some of you people have no clue… Y’all don’t understand his family and past so don’t judge him

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