The New Jersey State Police report on the recent incident involving New York Jets running back Mike Goodson proves that the gun in the car does not belong to Goodson, according to his lawyer, Anthony Fusco. That's good news for Mike Goodson and the Jets, as the charge for unlawful possession of a handgun brings about a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. According to information provided by Anthony Fusco, the other man in the car with Mike Goodson – Garant Evans – told police officers that it was his gun they found in the vehicle.
The signing of Mike Goodson by the New York Jets was originally lauded as a smart move by general manager John Idzik. His arrest a few weeks ago led to a revisionist history with some then calling out the decision to sign the free agent running back, plus Joe Namath added some critical words.
Things could be clearing up for Mike Goodson. His attorney, Anthony Fusco, read from the police report a statement that indicates the other man in the car with Goodson that night claimed ownership of the loaded handgun. If that holds up, Mike Goodson should be clear of the most serious charge he is facing in connection with the incident. That would be a nice break for the Jets, who were in position to get burned on the signing if Mike Goodson was found to be the owner of the handgun.
“It’s a vindication, if you will," he added. "And it supports his original position that he did not possess this gun. And now we've got the state police, who questioned the other defendant the same night at the trooper barracks.”
For their part, the New Jersey State Police aren't as emphatic. New Jersey State Police Spokesman Sgt. Adam Goodman has said that troopers weren't able to confirm which man owned the gun when the arrests were made. That contradicts the information Anthony Fusco is pumping up as vindication for Mike Goodson.
Nothing conclusive yet, and there won't be until the case truly gets going on June 12 with a hearing. That date coincides with the Jets minicamp.