New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, was arrested Thursday night after he brought a gun to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to police.
Williams, 22, was arrested by the Port Authority Police Department for criminal possession of a weapon after a Glock 19 pistol was found on him.
Williams, who once starred for the University of Alabama and was drafted No. 3 overall by the Jets in 2019, had a permit for the weapon in his home state of Alabama, an authority spokesperson said. In most circumstances, New York requires people to have pistol licenses in the state to carry concealed weapons.
It is unclear whether Williams was attempting to board the plane with his gun.
Alex Spiro, Williams’ attorney, stated the athlete “respects and follows the law.”
“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,” Spiro said.