Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said Sunday he believes the team should support wide receiver Robby Anderson and linebacker Dylan Donahue, who were both recently arrested.
“I’m really disappointed, but I think these guys deserve the support of the team,” Johnson said at the NFL league meetings. “They deserve a second chance. We have a really good support system at the team. I think we can help these guys. My patience isn’t infinite. I expect these guys to straighten up and I’m going to talk to them about that.”
Anderson has been arrested twice in the last year. His latest arrest came in January when he was pulled over for speeding and arrested after he resisted arrest. The police report said he allegedly threatened to sexually assault the police officer’s wife.
Johnson was asked what he would tell a parent who purchased an Anderson No. 11 jersey for their child.
Johnson said he’s confident the Jets will do “something special” with the No. 3 pick.
“I’m hoping so,” he said when asked if this is seminal moment in franchise history. “We’ll know a little bit more as we get past the draft. I don’t think we’ll know for sure until we’ve had a few games under our belt, don’t you think? Speaking as a fan, which I am first, I think this is a really exciting time in the history of the Jets.”
“While I take full responsibility for this suspension, I want to clarify that my test showed traces of a banned stimulant from a pre-workout supplement bought over the counter,” Mauro said in a statement. “While I didn’t and would never intentionally put anything in my body that was a banned substance, I wholeheartedly honor and respect the NFL’s drug testing policy and I take full accountability. I want to thank the entire Giants organization for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to compete and help bring another championship to such a storied franchise. I look forward to overcoming this adversity I’ve ultimately brought upon myself and will do everything I can to contribute to this team winning football games.”
Mauro followed new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher from the Cardinals. He is expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line.