New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested in Orlando, Fla., on Friday night on second-degree misdemeanor gun charges. Police, who are directing reporters’ queries to the Jets, charged Johnson with one count of openly carrying a firearm. The news was first reported by freelance sports reporter Erika Esola, who tweeted a copy of part of the police citation.
— Erika Esola (@emesola) January 10, 2015
The Jets confirmed the arrest to ESPN on Saturday.
“We are aware and have no comment at this time, as this is a pending legal matter,” a team spokesman told the sports network, which also reported some details of the incident:
Johnson was pulled over after rolling through a stop sign, according to a source close to the player. Police asked to search his car, and he cooperated. His licensed and registered firearm was found under a book bag under a seat instead of locked up, resulting in the charge for “open” carrying.
Johnson signed a two-year contract worth $8 million with the Jets after being released by the Tennessee Titans last April. Once the NFL offensive player of the year in 2009, his 2014 season with the Jets was largely a disappointment. He rushed 663 yards on 155 carries for one rushing touchdown — a trio of career lows.