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Jets’ Chris Johnson arrested

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Jets running back Chris Johnson has been arrested in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.

PFT has confirmed a report that Johnson was arrested on Friday for open carrying of a firearm, a second degree misdemeanor.

A league source tells PFT that Johnson does have a license to carry in Florida. But this arrest wasn’t just for carrying, it was for open carrying.

Johnson was once among the best running backs in football, and was the NFL’s offensive player of the year after setting an NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage with the Titans in 2009. But he’s largely been a disappointment on the field in recent years.

Johnson signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Jets last year, and after he ran for a career-low 663 yards and one touchdown last season, it’s entirely possible that the new coach and General Manager in New York will decide Johnson isn’t even worth $2 million a year anymore. This arrest won’t help his cause.

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36 Responses to “Jets’ Chris Johnson arrested”
  1. p8riotdynastylives says: Jan 10, 2015 1:14 PM

    as a Patriots fan my day is half made!!!!!!!!!

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2015 1:18 PM

    Nothing but negative things from this guy, cut him loose already.

  3. pftfanatic says: Jan 10, 2015 1:19 PM

    Simple misunderstanding. Part of his offseason preparation after hearing the Jets would be installing the pistol offense next year.

  4. jimjim84 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:21 PM

    pack your bags chris, the cfl is waiting!

    cj 2k ($2000/year)

  5. i, flounder says: Jan 10, 2015 1:25 PM

    apparently florida hasn’t heard of the second amendment.

  6. pittsburghpierogie says: Jan 10, 2015 1:26 PM

    I wonder how his lawyer, will possibly understand anything that Johnson says.
    Better have an interpreter.

  7. dezolationangel says: Jan 10, 2015 1:26 PM

    Nothing to see here. He has a conceal carry license but was probably carrying in an open holster. He had every right to carry a firearm just not openly. He’ll pay the fine and move on.

  8. paleandpasty says: Jan 10, 2015 1:27 PM

    The over under for him being bankrupt is 7 years. He just isn’t that bright.

  9. NFLisnotreality says: Jan 10, 2015 1:27 PM

    Reset the arrest clock please… what idiots these guys can be.

  10. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 10, 2015 1:28 PM

    At least he didn’t shoot himself in the leg.

  11. head1994 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:28 PM

    Johnson is a beast I love that guy but dam your to grow for that

  12. nflsuperfanilovefootball says: Jan 10, 2015 1:31 PM

    I miss when the arrest counter was at 40+ days😦

  13. getakluwe says: Jan 10, 2015 1:37 PM

    Too bad it wasn’t Chris Christie getting arrested.

  14. mrbigass says: Jan 10, 2015 1:38 PM

    Was he going hunting, fishing or camping? Only legal way to open carry in Florida. I’m gonna guess no……

  15. chiadam says: Jan 10, 2015 1:39 PM

    What’s open carrying? Is it on his hip like Pecos Bill?

  16. rolltide43 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:39 PM

    The amount of money in your bank account or your professional status doesn’t make you immune from the law, they are the same for all. When will these people learn that? Some never will, like this guy.

  17. drgreenstreak says: Jan 10, 2015 1:41 PM

    Johnson was once among the best running backs in football….

  18. erictheactor143 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:41 PM

    @p8triotdynastylives Your day will be fully made when he’s on your team next season! #PatriotWay

  19. getakluwe says: Jan 10, 2015 1:42 PM

    Shame that it wasn’t Chris Christie. Soon enough.

  20. wrlegrand says: Jan 10, 2015 1:53 PM

    His career is over…

  21. cafetero1075 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:56 PM

    Guys like him and Sean Alexander ruined it for all the RB’s that want to get paid. They got the money and stopped running.

  22. dedelvis5757 says: Jan 10, 2015 1:58 PM

    Thought that he wasn’t too bright. Having a gun on you when you’re not a law enforcement officer pretty much confirms it, license or no license.

  23. fletcher08 says: Jan 10, 2015 2:08 PM

    He will get out of that.

  24. gwats1957 says: Jan 10, 2015 2:30 PM

    Man, off-season is in full swing now, with a player getting that first stupid arrest in…….

  25. jeremycrowhurst says: Jan 10, 2015 3:39 PM

    He tried to run away, but he only made it 3.5 yards before getting tackled.

  26. thetooloftools says: Jan 10, 2015 3:54 PM

    The Jets are a grease fire.
    Name me someone who had a great year for them on offence.

  27. macjacmccoy says: Jan 10, 2015 3:57 PM

    Country is messed up, I used to walk down the street with a shotgun when I was 10 and have no problem as long as I had my license and parent and by myself at 15. Now guys with licenses are getting arrested. Sad.

  28. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Jan 10, 2015 4:05 PM

    Love all the high and mighty holier than thou commenters. I’ve had a license to carry in PA for a year and I’m still trying to interpret half the laws and what I can and can’t do. I highly doubt he was out robbing a liquor store, at least he got a license like a law abiding citizen and – in guessing- misunderstood how he can or can’t carry the weapon

  29. bryantrulen says: Jan 10, 2015 5:51 PM

    Damn Son!

  30. fasten69 says: Jan 10, 2015 5:59 PM

    Won’t make it in the cfl, Ricky Williams wAs a much better back and he was s bust ….no pun intended

  31. tim8450 says: Jan 10, 2015 6:09 PM

    Black guy carries a gun in FL, arrested for misdemeanor. White guy carries a gun, disobeys cops’ instructions, shoots and kills unarmed kid with skittles, Freedom!

    Florida, you’re doing it wrong. Smh

  32. 12thman84 says: Jan 10, 2015 6:48 PM

    Thought that he wasn’t too bright. Having a gun on you when you’re not a law enforcement officer pretty much confirms it, license or no license.
    ———————
    Well, if you say so we will all dispose of our firearms…..smh

  33. derekleblanc says: Jan 10, 2015 10:13 PM

    I guess the 2k in CJ2k stands for how much his bail is to get out of jail

  34. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 11, 2015 9:02 AM

    If he can’t understand the difference between open and concealed carry he probably shouldn’t be carrying a gun.

  35. dd393 says: Jan 11, 2015 10:59 AM

    He would have had a better season if he would have carried it on the field.

  36. joe.attaboy says: Jan 11, 2015 11:18 AM

    i, flounder says:
    Jan 10, 2015 1:25 PM

    apparently florida hasn’t heard of the second amendment.

    Actually, we have, and the “facts” of the story just make it more confusing. All of the following can be found on Florida Statute 790.

    The only normal activity with a handgun that’s prohibited to Florida, even to legal gun owners, is open carry. There are three very specific conditions (hunting, fishing, going to and from a gun rage) where open carry of handguns is permitted. Driving in your car is not one of them.

    According to the ESPN version of this story, he had the gun on the floor of his vehicle, un-holstered. Florida law is very specific: carrying in a car requires that a weapon be encased in such a way that the driver has to make “two moves” to get to the weapon. If he had the gun in his console or glove compartment, and even better, in a holster, he would have been perfectly legal.

    The story also mentions Johnson’s version of the story, which makes no sense:

    His licensed and registered firearm was found under a book bag under a seat instead of locked up, resulting in the charge for “open” carrying.

    You’re not required to have a weapon “locked up” in a vehicle. This is a summary of Florida law regarding vehicles:

    Handguns – must be either “securely encased” or not immediately available for use. “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access. Carry of a (h)andgun on one’s person inside a vehicle without a license is not permitted (except in the case of open carry in accordance with the law outlined above). Once a handgun is securely encased, it can be stored anywhere inside the vehicle and is not limited to just the glove compartment/center console.

    If Johnson was guilty of anything, it was not having the weapon properly secured according to state law. How the police found the gun and under what condition it was found is going to depend on who you’re asking. Even if you accept Johnson’s story, he technically was in violation of Florida law.

    The other major inaccuracy of this story is the “licensed and registered” part. First of all, legal gun owners (over 21, no felonies, no drug/alcohol abuse, etc) are not required to register guns in Florida. In fact, the Florida constitution prohibits the creation of any list or database of weapons legally owned by Florida citizens.

    Johnson would be required to have a concealed carry permit if he wished to carry the gun on his person, even while in the car. But if he doesn’t have one (which no one seems to make clear), he can still carry the weapon in his vehicle as long as it’s not on his person.

    At worst, he violated the part of the law that requires the gun to be encased.

    This is probably tl;dr for a lot of people, but, as usual, the “facts” being reported defy the reality of Florida law.

    We do know the Second Amendment here, and we’re very serious in supporting it.

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