New York Jets star defensive end Sheldon Richardson was charged with resisting arrest near St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday night.
According to a police report from the O’Fallon, Missouri Police Department, Richardson was allegedly involved in a high-speed road race in which he was clocked going 143 miles per hour.
When the police attempted to pull him over, Richardson allegedly fled, turning off the highway, running a red light, and turning off his lights before pulling into a driveway, where the cops followed him.
According to the report, police found a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and a “strong odor of burned marijuana.” He also had two other adult males and a 12-year-old male in the car with him, the report said.
According to the St. Charles County prosecuting attorney’s office, resisting arrest is punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and/or up to a $US1,000 fine. Richardson’s handgun was legal and there was no marijuana found in the car.
For the Jets and Richardson, this is bad news. This incident comes just 12 days after Richardson received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Richardson had just made his first public comments to reporters since the suspension, saying: “I apologised to my teammates and this organisation. I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again.”
The early word coming out of the NFL world is Richardson may not be playing football for a long time:
Driving 143, smelling of reefer, a 12-yr-old in the car …Wouldn’t be counting on Sheldon Richardson this year, Jets fans.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) July 30, 2015
Have to say, I’ve heard from three different team sources (not on Jets) and all said they think Richardson will never play another NFL down.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) July 30, 2015
According to Cimini, the Jets were “blindsided” about the news and didn’t know about the incident until the media reports came out.
Richardson was one of the key members of the Jets’ talented defence. He was the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection last season.
There’s been no update from the league on the incident. According to NFL columnist Mike Freeman, having the gun and a child in the car will hurt Richardson’s case. While no charges were filed in relation to the gun or having a child in the car, those details could be used by the NFL when deciding on discipline.
We will update when new details emerge.
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