Anthony Fusco, the lawyer for Jets running back Mike Goodson, told Newsday Friday that the police report from Goodson's arrest last month proves the co-defendant in the case, Garant Evans -- and not his client -- was in possession of a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic.
Goodson, 26, faces five separate weapons and drug charges after he and Evans, 31, were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on May 17 by New Jersey State Police on Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J. But Fusco, who read a portion of the police report over the phone, said Evans admitted to police the gun belonged to him.
"'Upon briefly speaking to Evans, he stated that the gun was his.' End quote," Fusco said. "So that's what I'm going on. It's a vindication, if you will. And it supports his original position that he did not possess this gun. And now we've got the State Police, who questioned the other defendant the same night at the trooper barracks."
New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman, however, said troopers were unable to determine who owned the gun at the time of the arrest because "both individuals were highly intoxicated, so police decided to charge both."
Goodson is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday during the Jets' three-day mandatory minicamp. Fusco cautioned that the legal process must play out but is optimistic.
"This is just one step and it's a positive step," he said. "He spoke to his coach. He apologized to the team. He met with the owner and he's been having great practice sessions. So I'm very confident about that, and I think he has a degree of confidence that he can handle what he set out to do with the Jets."