NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Embattled Jets running back Mike Goodson plans to practice with the team on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Goodson pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges Wednesday at Morris County Superior Court in New Jersey.
Goodson was arrested last week and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition.
Police said he was the passenger in a vehicle stopped dead on I-80 West in Denville early last Friday. A handgun and ammunition were found in the vehicle, and both Goodson and the driver, 31-year-old Garant Evans, were intoxicated, police said. Evans also was charged with DWI and possession of a weapon with a prior felony.
Goodson’s lawyer, Anthony Fusco, said neither the gun nor the marijuana belonged to Goodson.
“We firmly believe that gun charge is not going to last against Mike,” Fusco said Wednesday. “We’re going to be back in June, there will be negotiations with the prosecutor and hopefully as their investigation unfolds, they will learn that it’s not him. … He’s got a great case, we’re putting in a really good defense, and a lot of people are for him.”
On Monday, Jets owner Woody Johnson said the franchise was in “fact-finding” mode regarding Goodson, who didn’t participate in this week’s organized team activities (OTAs).
“We’re trying to win games and do the right thing,” Johnson said. “Truth, justice and the American way. We live by it, we really do. We have a strong credo, very proud people, very intelligent people that work in our building. We want to avoid the avoidable and I think we do a good job.”
The Jets signed Goodson this offseason to a three-year, $6.9 million deal.
Goodson will return to court for a pre-trial hearing on June 12.
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