Sheldon Richardson’s situation just keeps on getting worse. Besides testing positive for marijuana, the NFL player was charged with resisting arrest and for endangering a the welfare of a child in the first degree on July 14th, according to a report by the Missouri police department.
The cop identified Richardson as the driver of a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur W12, where a handgun was found under the driver’s seat. Two other men and a twelve year old child were also in the car, when the New York Jets player was pulled over. The officer claims the car smelled like marijuana. Richardson and another driver were road racing on I-64 in Missouri, with the vehicles were being clocked at three different high speeds, including 122, 135, and 143 miles per hour. When Richardson saw police cars, he sped through a red light.
The report continues, stating that after the officer pulled up behind Richardson’s car he “ordered Richardson and his two adult male passengers out of the vehicle at gunpoint due to Richardson appearing to reach for something between his feet upon being ordered to stop. A fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun was recovered from underneath the driver’s side floor mat of the vehicle.”
It’s a shame that this news came out now, because Richardson addressed his marijuana issue Thursday at a press conference, prior to the other information that came out. Richardson said, “I take full accountability for my actions. I apologized to my teammates and this organization, and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again. I’m not a dope fiend, man. I can say no. I just chose not to. It was a depressing time in my off-season and that’s just that. It’s just that simple, bro.”
Richardson is scheduled to appear in St. Charles Circuit Court on October 27th for his charges. The defensive lineman is already suspended four games this upcoming NFL season. It’s possible that his punishment could get a lot worse after these new reports were revealed.