Re: The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)
posted at 5/25/2013 11:38 PM EDT
New York Jets running back Mike Goodson has had a litany of other legal problems beyond his recent arrest on drug and weapons charges in New Jersey, ESPN.com reported.
The ESPN.com investigation into Goodson didn't uncover any other arrests, but it found a lengthy list of incidents that led to other legal action against him during his stops in Carolina and Oakland. Goodson, 26, signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract (including a $1 million signing bonus) with the Jets as a free agent in March.
According to the ESPN.com report, Mike Goodson has been sued for paternity and child support by three women, with whom he has fathered at least six children. (AP Photo)
The ESPN report said he was sued for paternity and child support by three women from August 2010 to May 2011, according to court documents in North Carolina and in Texas, where he grew up. He is the father of at least six children with those women, one of whom he lived with for two years, according to ESPN.com.
The ESPN report said one of the women is planning to refile a paternity suit in the next week.
According to court documents, Goodson didn’t pay a $56,465 bill to a Houston-area jewelry store. The store sued him, and he ended up paying $84,423.44. The amount was garnished from his Raiders paychecks, according to ESPN.
In Carolina, Goodson was sued three times by two apartment complexes in the Charlotte area for unpaid rent.
In April 2012, he was sued for failing to make payments on a $49,000 Mercedes-Benz he bought from a South Carolina man.
After news of Goodson's arrest broke, the ESPN.com story reported an unnamed scout from another team posed this question about the Jets: "Do these guys do background checks?"
Goodson missed the Jets' first three OTA practices this week after being arrested May 17 on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession. He offered a plea of not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J. Despite the legal problems, he is expected to return to the field for practice beginning Tuesday.
He was charged after he and a companion were found in an SUV stopped in the center-left lane of westbound Route 80 in Denville, N.J., on May 17, shortly after 3 a.m. Goodson faces charges of possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun, possession of hollow-point ammunition and possession of drug paraphernalia.
One addition to this story: Goodson has been missing voluntary team activities due to his bust, and he's also going to have to miss the second day of minicamp due to his court date.