INDIANAPOLIS — Jets officials expressed concern Wednesday that three of their players were arrested in the past 2 1⁄2 months.
Backup linebacker Dylan Donahue was charged with DWI and reckless driving early Monday morning for going the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel and crashing into a small bus. The Jets are cautious about making any disciplinary action against Donahue, wide receiver Robby Anderson and cornerback Rashard Robinson because of the legal process.
“Anytime you have trouble with the law, you’re disappointed,” Todd Bowles said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “These things happen. It’s a legal matter right now, so we’re going to wait to see how everything plays out.”
Last December, Robinson was arrested in Hanover Township, New Jersey, for possession of marijuana-laced candy, according to police reports. He did not inform the team of his arrest and he played that week on special teams in New Orleans. He sat out the rest of the season, being listed as inactive the final two games.
“Again, that’s a problem,” Bowles said. “And that’s something we didn’t know about during the season and that’s a problem that we’re not going to have going forward. With certain people that are repeat offenders, we’ll see how the cases come out on each of them and we’ll deal with them accordingly.”
Anderson was arrested in Florida in January and charged with nine counts, one of them for allegedly threatening to sexually assault the arresting officer’s wife. It was the second consecutive year Anderson was arrested in Florida. He was charged with resisting arrest with violence last May at a music festival in Miami.
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he’s had frank conversations with Anderson and Donahue about their off-field behavior.
“We take those things very seriously, in particular with Dylan,” Maccagnan said. “It happened the other day and we’re still in the process of gathering information on that. We don’t take it lightly, but both of those are pending legal issues and we’ll see how it plays out.”
When asked if he would cut a player who has been arrested, Maccagnan said: “You always have that ability. But I do think when you have these incidents, you like to let the process play itself out so you can gather all your information and you can make your decision accordingly. They are fluid, so we’ll be following them.”