For the second time in a year’s span, Jets’ star wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested on multiple misconduct charges. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Anderson was arrested early Friday morning in South Florida.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) January 19, 2018
According to the report, Anderson faces nine total charges. These include harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. All charges can be found in the Broward County here.
Further details in the report include specific actions Anderson took. According to the report, Anderson was driving 105 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. He then reportedly threatened to sexually assault a police officer’s wife.
Per the police report, Anderson allegedly told the arresting officer he was going to find his wife, "f**k her and n*t in her eye.” My lord. Report said he was doing 105 mph in a 45 mph zone
@AndySlater had it first.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 19, 2018
Last May, Anderson was also arrested in Florida and charged with a felony count of resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of justice after an incident at a concert. The Jets acknowledged the arrest, but failed to publicly discipline Anderson.
This past season, Anderson emerged as the Jets’ number one receiver. He amassed 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns, making for a career year for the former undrafted free agent.
Anderson expressed his anger on social media in the early hours of Friday morning:
What does this mean for Gang Green?
Anderson’s arrest further adds on to the pile of misconduct that Jets’ players have been apart of. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was handed a three-game suspension by the league this past year for a DUI arrest. Former Jet Sheldon Richardson was disciplined by both the NFL and the Jets for his off-the-field actions during his time in New York. And Muhammad Wilkerson, who continues to have his slew of misconduct (non-law related) has also been faced with suspension from the Jets.
The Jets will most likely be encouraged to discipline Anderson by the NFL. Todd Bowles will need to submit to putting his star receiver under wraps for a brief period of time, unlike the last time. This may have game-changing effects on the Jets’ offense come the start of the 2018 season.
Quincy Enunwa, who remained sidelined all of last year with a neck injury, will likely be plugged into Anderson’s place. As for a second receiver, Jermaine Kearse is no guarantee to remain a Jet in 2018. This being said, Anderson’s arrest could loom over in free agency and the draft quite a bit.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Jets and the NFL handle this situation. All in all, it is quite disappointing to see an emerging talent disrupt his career with a number of off-the-field issues.