The proof is in the police report, according to Mike Goodson's attorney.
Anthony Fusco, the lawyer for the Jets running back, told Newsday Friday that the police report from Goodson’s early-morning arrest last month proves the co-defendant in the case, Garant Evans, was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic – not his client.
Goodson, 26, is currently facing 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. Both men were 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. Evans also was charged with possession of a weapon by persons prohibited because of a prior felony conviction.
But Fusco said the police report proves Goodson is innocent of the gun charges -- which could carry a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. Fusco, reading from what he said was the police report, said: “‘Upon briefly speaking to Evans, he stated that the gun was his.’ End quote. So that’s what I’m going on.
“It’s a vindication, if you will," he added. "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.”
However, New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said troopers were unable to determine who owned the gun at the time of the arrest. “Both individuals were highly intoxicated, so police decided to charge both,” Grossman said.
Fusco also cautioned that the legal process must play out -- but he's nevertheless hopeful.
“This is just one step and it’s a positive step,” he said. “And we have to see how this entire case plays out.”
Evan’s attorney, Joe Afflitto, released a statement saying: “The case is pending a hearing on June 12, 2013. No arrangements have been made to dispose of the matter on that date. Any statements allegedly made by Mr. Evans at the time of his arrest will be the subject of future hearings.”
Goodson is scheduled to appear in court on June 12 – during the Jets’ three-day mandatory minicamp. But even though the running back’s tenure with his new team has gotten off to a rocky start, Fusco is hopeful Goodson’s future with the Jets will be bright.
“He spoke to his coach. He apologized to the team. He met with the owner and he’s been having great practice sessions,” Fusco said of his client. “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.”