Former NY Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has gotten into some off the field trouble once again. Here are all the details.
Muhammad Wilkerson has continued a downward spiral since he left the NY Jets back in 2017. On Wednesday he reached a new low.
Wilkerson was arrested earlier this week and charged with DWI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
This isn’t the first time he’s gotten into off the field issues.
Muhammad Wilkerson was also charged with a DWI back in the summer of 2019. He was pulled over and was tested over the .08 legal limit for blood alcohol level (.09).
Per court documents, he had “watery and bloodshot eyes, had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and had a flushed face” in the 2019 incident.
Just a few years ago Muhammad Wilkerson was on top of the world. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and grew up in the area just a stone throw from where the NY Jets played their ball games every week.
He went to college locally at Temple and dominated headlines. Eventually, that led him to become the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by his hometown Jets.
Wilkerson spent the first seven years of his professional career with the NY Jets. After playing out his rookie deal and recording 36.5 sacks he was rewarded with a record-breaking 5-year deal worth north of $86 million that also included $53 million guaranteed and the cherry on top of that pie was a $15 million signing bonus.
The move was revered among the Jets fan base. A local guy who was a homegrown talent earned his big payday and would be a superstar for the Jets for the foreseeable future.
As soon as Wilkerson was paid, everything unraveled.
After receiving his big payout, Wilkerson grew complacent and was fined/warned multiple times by the team and media for tardiness issues and his production fell off a cliff. Ultimately it forced the Jets hand and they released him at the end of February in 2018.
Wilkerson being back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons is just another painful reminder of what could’ve been for the “Sons of Anarchy” on the Jets defensive line.