NY Jets: Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia Airport with gun
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
NY Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested on Thursday night with a gun. Here are all the details and what we know.
Quinnen Williams by all accounts had a disappointing rookie campaign with the NY Jets.
Six months before his second season officially kicks off, he’s already experiencing a sophomore slump.
On Thursday night Williams “was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon after attempting to board a flight at LaGuardia Airport, according to police.”
Quinnen does have an Alabama permit for the Glock 19 pistol he was carrying, but he doesn’t have the proper paperwork for New York.
Williams was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and played his college ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2017 through 2018.
By all accounts, it appears to be an honest mistake from the 22-year old “who simply didn’t know the state laws for guns,” per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
Here is the statement provided by the NY Jets on the situation:
“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.”
Quinnen Williams now has a Wednesday, March 25 desk/court appearance set, per a spokesperson for the Queens DA office. At that time there will be formal charges.
“More details on the Quinnen Williams arrest. He was arrested at the Delta check-in counter prior to security at LaGuardia Airport, per authorities. The gun was not loaded. He was issued a summons for a court appearance at a later date (March 25)”, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.
This was one of the quietest NY Jets offseasons in recent memory in terms of off the field issues and drama, then this happened. Regardless of whether or not this was an honest mistake, it’s not a great look for the second-year player.
If he’s going to have a gun, Quinnen has to know the laws, especially in the state that he’s been living in for much of the last calendar year since he was taken with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.