New York, NY – The New York Jets first-round draft pick Quinnen Williams was arrested March 5 for carrying a handgun at LaGuardia Airport.
ESPN reported he was carrying a Glock 19 handgun in a carry-on bag and was arrested at the Delta check-in counter at about 9:15 p.m.
Williams, 22, had an Alabama permit for the weapon but it was unlicensed in New York, according to the New York Post.
Dozens of people are arrested every year while trying to declare their guns at the airport, unknowingly running afoul of the state’s anti-gun laws. It’s unclear if Williams attempted to declare his gun.
The Port Authority Police said that Williams did not have ammunition in his possession. That was a revision of the Port Authority Police’s earlier statement that said Williams did have ammunition but not inside the gun, ESPN reported.
Williams was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Alex Spiro, the attorney for Williams, released a statement.
“Mr. Williams respects and follows the law,” the statement read, according to ESPN. “There was allegedly a technical issue with the manner in which the lawfully owned firearm was stored — and we expect the matter to be resolved shortly.”
The New York Jets released a statement that said they were aware of the situation but wouldn’t comment because it was a pending legal matter, according to ESPN.
Williams was released from custody and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 25, according to the Birmingham News.
Williams made $16.8 million in 2019, his first season in the National Football League. Williams was the No. 3 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Alabama.
He played two seasons in college for the Crimson Tide before turning pro. He signed a four-year deal with the Jets that is set to pay him $32.5 million. Williams played 13 games with the Jets in 2019. He had 2.5 sacks and 28 tackles.