The latest arrest of wide receiver Robby Anderson symbolizes the remaining conflict in the locker room of the New York Jets.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were shown the door last season by the New York Jets. Many NFL pundits believed that the Jets had purged themselves from the “cancer” that those two players brought into the locker room.
Both Marshall and Richardson were hot-headed individuals. Each had enough influence to divide the locker room and cause rifts. When both were shown the door, it was like if all the dark, stormy clouds went with them. But this is the New York Jets, ladies, and gentlemen. Those dark clouds never really go away.
Robby Anderson’s arrest early Friday morning in Sunrise, Florida proves just as much. According to the New York Daily News, Anderson was caught driving at 105 mph in a 45 mph zone, where he also ran two red lights while being chased by the police.
Nine charges were filed against the 24-year-old wide receiver. They included speeding, reckless driving, and resisting an officer without violence, among others. The Daily News also reported Anderson threatened to sexually assault the officer’s wife.
Keep in mind, this was not Anderson’s first ever encounter with the law. In 2017, Anderson was arrested for resisting arrest at a Miami music festival, forced to leave, and has a court appearance on March 19th of this year.
Anderson has become the poster child for the remaining dysfunction that plagues the Jets locker room. What do I mean, you ask? Well, let’s see.
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According to NJ.com, 2014 six-round pick Quincy Enunwa was arrested in August of the same year for having physically assaulted his then-girlfriend. While the charges against Enunwa were dropped two months later, he was suspended for four games in 2014. Yet, he still remains on the Jets roster.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has been a dividing force within the Jets locker room for a while. In the past three seasons, Wilkerson either arrived late to or did not show up for team meetings, which violated team rules. He was then declared as inactive for the last three weeks of the 2017 season, showing that head coach Todd Bowles has just about had it with the six-year pro.
Coach Bowles has a lot on his plate this offseason. Will there be any more suspensions coming his way due to Anderson’s arrest? Most likely yes but if the Jets want to continue rebuilding the right way, they need to continue getting rid of players, regardless of their stats, that bring constant distractions and take away from the task at hand. This is yet another ugly reminder that there is still some remaining conflict in the locker room of the Jets.