Saying he couldn’t get the money for a flight from his home in Texas to the Morris County Courthouse, ex-New York Jets running back Mike Goodson missed his court appearance Thursday, and has been warned by a judge that a bench warrant could be issued for his arrest.
According to dailyrecord.com, Goodson’s lawyer told Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple that the former New York Jet was facing financial difficulties and could not secure a flight from his Spring, Texas home to the New Jersey area in time for the hearing.
Goodson was released from the New York Jets last week for not appearing at a mandatory football mini-camp.
Goodson was indicted last fall on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree prohibited weapons and devices.
Goodson was the passenger in a GMC Yukon driven by Garant Evans, 32, of Roselle, when police saw the duo stopped in the center lane of Interstate 80 West in Denville at 3:15 a.m. on May 17, 2013, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office originally reported.
When a tow truck driver came upon the vehicle, he was concerned about the intoxicated condition in which he found Goodson and Evans, the prosecutor's office said.
Goodson was transported to Saint Clare’s Hospital and eventually charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun, and possession of a hollow-point bullet.
An investigation revealed a loaded Taurus .45 caliber handgun was in the glove box with a hollow-point bullet loaded in the gun, the prosecutor's office said.
Whipple set a new hearing date for July 24, and warned that if he does not show he will face arrest, the report said.