Former Panthers RB Mike Goodson arrested on drug/gun charges in New Jersey

Unfortunately for Goodson, his latest fumble may be the one that costs him a career in the NFL. - J. Meric

According to reports, Mike Goodson was arrested last night in New Jersey on drug possession and weapons charges.

Well, this isn't good for Mike Goodson. According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, the former Panthers running back and kick returner was arrested in New Jersey last night on drug and weapons charges.

Here are Schefter's tweets with the info:

According to sources, not only was Goodson in possession of illegal drugs and an unregistered gun loaded with hollow point bullets, but he also was so drunk that he had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. It's really hard to find a bright side to this story, but if there is one it's the fact that Goodson was not driving the car at the time of the arrest.

There are two conflicting reports as to whether or not Goodson was the owner of the weapons and drugs that were found in the car, but according to Will Brinson - who spoke to the NJPD - Goodson is in a lot of trouble.

Here's Brinson's tweet on the situation:

As stated in this tweet from Brinson, Goodson is being charged with a crime of the fourth degree. According to New Jersey state law, that means Goodson can spend up to 18 months in prison if convicted. The bad news for Goodson is it appears that New Jersey has some of the strictest laws in the US regarding hollow point bullet possession, so it's highly unlikely he will avoid jail time for this incident.

As for what it means for his NFL career, it's likely over. Plaxico Burress was able to find a job in 2011 (with the Jets, strangely enough) after serving his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession, but Burress is a better football player than Goodson, so Goodson has most likely squandered any chance of a future in the NFL with this recent run-in with the law.

If you want to keep up with this developing story, feel free to check out our fellow SB Nation site Gang Green Nation, who I'm sure will provide any new details as they're made available.

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