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Marcus Maye not commenting on DUI arrest, but said he wants to stay with Jets beyond this season

Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during training

Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Credit: Noah K. Murray

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Marcus Maye refused to comment on his DUI arrest in February or why he didn’t inform the team about it. But he reiterated his desire to remain with the Jets beyond this season.

This was the first time that Maye addressed the media since news came out two weeks ago that he was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after allegedly being involved in a car accident. On Thursday, Maye expressed remorse for what happened.

"Oh yeah, definitely," he said. "The situation happened. I definitely feel sorry for it. I learned from it. Own everything. Just got to keep going."

Maye faces three misdemeanor charges for DUI, DUI with damage to another property or person, and leaving the scene of a crash, according to court documents. There will be a Zoom hearing on Oct. 27. Maye also faces league suspension under the NFL’s conduct policy.

The Jets safety said he’s not "allowed to comment right now" on his legal situation and said he had "no comment" on his decision not to tell the Jets. Maye sought out coach Robert Saleh to speak to him privately after the stories came out, calling it the "adult thing to do."

"Own up to my situation," Maye said. "Tell him about it. Talk about it. We handled it and we kept going."

Maye said he also addressed his teammates individually. When Maye was asked if Saleh seemed "blindsided" by the conversation, he responded, "They all were. But we talked and we moved on."

At the time, Saleh said the organization supports Maye, who will return this week to face the Patriots after missing two games with an low ankle sprain. But these events – the arrest and hiding it from the organization – won’t help Maye’s ability to get the long-term deal he wants from the Jets.

Maye, however, doesn’t believe there needs to be any trust restored between he and the organization.

"They know me," Maye said. "Once I’m in this building I’m all go. I don’t think there’s any trust issues from my end. I feel like they know I’m 100% with those guys every time I step on the field.

Maye, a second-round pick in 2017, is the longest-tenured Jet. He wasn’t happy that the Jets didn’t sign him to an extension when they had the chance. Maye is playing this season on a $10.6-million franchise tag.

There have been ongoing rumors that the Jets could try and deal Maye by the Nov. 2 trade deadline. Maye said that’s out of his hands, and that he has not requested a trade. Maye said that he has expressed to general manager Joe Douglas and Saleh that he doesn’t want to leave the Jets.

"They know I want to be here," Maye said. "I’m 100% with my guys and with my teammates and things like that. I’m here."

It seems that Maye’s agent would like to see his client traded.

When it was reported on social media late last month that Maye would miss time because of the ankle, his agent, Erik Burkhardt tweeted, "Should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline."

Burkhardt also criticized the Jets on Twitter in March, saying they "refuse to take care" of Maye by not giving him an extension.

When Maye was asked about his agent’s most recent comment, he said, "I don’t have no control over his phone." Maye also said neither he nor Burkhardt have told the Jets that they would like a trade. Maye said "of course" when he was asked if he wants to be a Jet next season.

"I’m here," he said. "Every time in this building, I’m 100%. Every time I’m on the field I’m 100%. I’m going for my guys no matter what. Once I’m here, I’m here."

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