Morristown, N.J. – New York Jets running back Mike Goodson appeared in a New Jersey courtroom Wednesday morning to enter a plea of not guilty to charges of gun and drug possession following an arrest Friday.
The 25-year-old player, who signed a three-year, $6.9 million deal with the team this off-season, did not speak to reporters under the advice of his attorney, who answered questions for him.
Goodson is due back in court on June 12.
"He's upset," attorney Tony Fusco said. "It's something he didn't want to ever happen. Mike has no record whatsoever. He feels that he has been and will continue to cooperate with the New York Jets and the NFL."
Goodson faces five charges: drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a loaded gun, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of hollow-point bullets, all resulting after police searched a vehicle that was allegedly stopped in the left-center lane of Route 80 shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.
Goodson was the passenger in the vehicle. The vehicle's driver, Garant Evans, remains in custody, facing $75,000 bail. Fusco reiterated Wednesday that Goodson and Evans had only known each other for three weeks prior to the incident.
"We firmly believe the gun charge is not going to last against Mike," Fusco said.
Goodson was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after the incident Friday because of his level of intoxication. Two half smoked cigars containing marijuana were found in the vehicle, but Fusco denies that they belonged to his client.
"We don't smoke cigars, marijuana or otherwise," Fusco said.
The lawyer advised Jets fans to "just hold on" as details in the case emerge.
"We're just getting into the case but you can see, the way he looks, he's just a hell of a nice guy," Fusco told reporters. "If you get a chance to talk to him later on, not today, you'll see what a nice guy he is. I think that's going to be very important."
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