Robinson issued a press release through his agent, James Gould, in which he said the weapon and ammunition were left in his car by accident but that he agreed with the club's disciplinary decisions. The statement read in part: "I went to the shooting range with a rifle that was legally purchased. I inadvertently left it in the back of my truck when I went to the stadium with my family. It was closed up in a case and not loaded.
"I sincerely apologize to my family, the New York Jets organization, my teammates and many fans of the New York Jets. I have and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities."
Robinson was arrested shortly after he arrived at the Meadowlands with his wife and two daughters around 10 a.m. Sunday. His car—like all cars belonging to players, team officials, game officials and media members—was stopped for inspection, a routine act since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
According to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Al Della Fave, a bomb-sniffing dog "reacted positively to the presence of explosives" in the rear of Robinson's car. A subsequent police search revealed Robinson had in his trunk a Bushmaster .223 assault rifle, two boxes of ammunition which each contained 100 rounds and three high-capacity rounds which held 30 rounds. Possessing the rifle and magazines are illegal acts under a New Jersey law passed in 1990 which prohibits the sale and possession of numerous automatic weapons.
Robinson, who played in Sunday's game, was released on his own recognizance. The matter is scheduled to be turned over to the county prosecutor and Robinson could face up to five years in prison if he is convicted of the charges. The fine levied by the Jets will cost Robinson about $30,000.
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