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Jets’ Goodson pleads not guilty to charges in NJ

May 22, 2013

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Mike Goodson pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in a court appearance in Morristown on Wednesday morning.

He was arrested early last Friday along with a friend after they were found in a car stopped on Interstate 80. The men were charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons offenses stemming from a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun that included a hollow-point bullet found in the vehicle.

Goodson’s attorney, Anthony Fusco, said Wednesday his client realizes he was at the wrong place at the wrong time and is remorseful.

Goodson was not at the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park and did not practice with the team Wednesday during the first day of organized team activities open to the media. He has met with general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan to discuss the incident.

The 25-year-old Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a three-year, $6.9 million deal, which includes a $1 million signing bonus, in March. He is expected to compete with Chris Ivory, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell and John Griffin for playing time in the Jets’ backfield.

The Jets have not commented publicly on the situation, saying only that it’s “a pending legal matter.” Goodson is due back in court on June 12, the second day of the team’s three-day minicamp.

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