When TSA agents pulled a spring-loaded knife out of Dan Connor’s carry-on bag at Philadelphia International Airport on July 6, he was as surprised to see it as they were.
“I thought I’d lost it,” he said of the switchblade.
His thoughts quickly turned from excitement over finding the missing knife to a recognition that it shouldn’t have been there.
“And then I knew it was going to be a long day,” he said.
Connor was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and after a night in custody was released on his own recognizance the following day. He expects when he returns to court that he’ll face a fine and no further jail time.
“Hopefully it’ll get resolved sooner rather than later and I can put it behind me and move on from it,” a contrite Connor said.
The linebacker who signed with the Giants as a free agent this offseason said the knife had been in a toiletries bag when he and his wife packed to drive from Dallas to New Jersey after he was released by the Cowboys. He did not know it was there when he grabbed that bag to bring to a friend’s wedding.
“It’s just unfortunate,” Connor said. “But at the same time it’s my fault and I have to prove to everybody that I’m not that type of guy, a guy to get in trouble. It was the first time I’ve been arrested, so it was pretty embarrassing for me.”