FLORHAM PARK: The NFL offseason hasn’t been kind to Sheldon Richardson.
According to a report from Fox St. Louis, the Jets Pro Bowl defensive end was arrested roughly two weeks ago for ‘resisting arrest’ and other traffic violations stemming from a street racing incident. He will appear in court on Aug. 31.
The report, which was published at 4:52 p.m., states that Richardson was caught street racing on Interstate 64 in in Missouri when officers clocked two vehicles amassing speeds of 122, 135 and 143 miles per hour. When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, one of the cars increased their speed to avoid the citation. The car then got off of the interstate.
According to the police report, once Richardson got off of the highway, he lost control of his car and slid the rear of the vehicle into oncoming traffic. Richardson then sped through a red traffic signal and turned off his car's lights. Richardson then turned into a driveway, looking to avoid detection, but was caught when police noticed the brake lights and pulled in behind the car.
The officer then ordered Richardson and the car's three other passengers exit the vehicle at gun point. According to the report, Richardson went to reach for something between his legs before being ordered to stop.
Joining Richardson in the car were two other men and a 12-year-old child. A fully-loaded handgun was found beneath the Richardson's seat. According to Fox St. Louis, everyone in the car smelled of marijuana.
Richardson, 24, was suspended the first four games of the 2015 season by the NFL on July 2 following his second positive test for marijuana. If Richardson fails a third test, he could be subject to a year-long ban.
“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans,” Richardson said in a statement released by the Jets after his suspension. “However, words aren’t enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on.
“I don’t want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won’t be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I’m able to return to the field.”
Thursday, Richardson spoke to the New York media for the first time since his suspension was announced, and reiterated what he said after the suspension, that he wouldn’t test positive again. Saying he wasn’t a “bad guy” or a “dope fiend.”
When asked what led Richardson to make the decision that led to his suspension, he offered the following explanation:
“Personal reasons,” Richardson said. “Ya’ll don’t know my life. You wouldn’t understand, and my opinion doesn’t matter because ya’ll already have your stories written already.”
The Jets announced that the team was not aware of Richardson's arrest until the media reports surfaced. The team also released the following statement:
"We are aware of the situation and are gathering information. This is a pending legal matter, and we will have no further comment at this time."Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter ( @Connor_J_Hughes), or via email