Jets’ defensive lineman, Quinnen Williams, was arrested at the Delta Air Lines check-in at LaGuardia Airport Thursday night. Williams, 22, was the third overall pick for the 2019 NFL draft. Although he had a quiet rookie season, he’s now making headlines on reports of gun charges.
Williams, who was a standout player at the University of Alabama, has been hit with a weapons possession charge. Authorities entered the airport around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night and put him in ‘cuffs shortly thereafter.
However, police have said that the Glock 19 they retrieved from Williams was in fact unloaded. It’s unclear what exactly went down, but we speculate that this was an innocent mistake.
The handgun possessed by Williams is currently registered in the state of Alabama. But, not in the state of New York, where of course he spends most of his time. New York maintains very strict gun laws and Williams could possibly face jail time.
Furthermore, Williams was also found to be carrying ammunition. Consequentially, according to New York law, that could interpret the gun as being loaded.
If Williams did self-report whatever he had on him, that could certainly help his case. Otherwise, New York courts can be unforgiving in these types of situations.
Williams’ lawyer, Alex Spiro, said in a statement, “Mr. Williams respects and follows the law. There was allegedly a technical issue with the manner in which the lawfully owned firearm was stored — and we expect the matter to be resolved shortly.”
In addition, a spokesperson for the Jets said, “We have been in contact with Quinnen Williams and are fully aware of the situation. We will have no additional comment as this is a pending legal matter.”
Williams’ court date is set for March 25.
With a $32.5 million contract signed to the Jets, let’s wish him the best of luck in this situation.
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