Owner Woody Johnson says Jets in 'fact-finding' mode on Mike Goodson
BOSTON - The Jets have been accused of being a circus in recent years. Perhaps they are transforming into a comic book.
Owner Woody Johnson copped a line from Superman to describe the team's position on recently arrested running back Mike Goodson and how it reflects on the franchise.
"We're trying to win games and do the right thing," Johnson said after arriving here Monday for the NFL's spring meetings. "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."
Johnson said the Jets still are in "fact-finding" mode regarding Goodson, who was arrested early Friday morning in New Jersey on gun and drug charges. Johnson said Goodson met with general manager John Idzik Monday morning and the player was to meet with coaches later in the day.
Idzik declined to comment on Goodson's status or his meeting with him. The Jets opened the organized team activities portion of their preseason workouts Monday and while Goodson was with the team in Florham Park, N.J., he did not participate in practices.
Goodson was charged with possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition.
Idzik already has shown a lack of patience when it comes to similar off-the-field incidents. Earlier this offseason the Jets released Claude Davis and Cliff Harris after they were charged with drug possession. Will Goodson suffer a similar fate?
"It may or may not be," Johnson said. "That's why we're trying to get the facts."
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