Jets player arrested overnight, faces 9 separate charges


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Perhaps Robby Anderson should spend his offseasons in the Tri-State Area as he seems to keep getting in trouble when he goes back home to Florida.

Last offseason, the Jets receiver was arrested in Miami for obstruction of a police officer and resisting arrest with violence.

This time around, the charges are even more serious: Anderson is facing two felonies and seven misdemeanors for a total of nine charges.

According to the police report, an officer was conducting a traffic stop Friday in Sunrise, Florida, when he saw a white SUV rapidly approaching. Anderson was driving the SUV, and he began to rapidly accelerate after passing the officer.

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The officer clocked Anderson at a speed of 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. Anderson maintained that speed for three-fourths of a mile before he finally slowed to 45 mph while approaching a red light. But then Anderson ran that red light and then ran another red light, the officer said.

The officer noted that the SUV failed to stay in a single lane on several occasions, and Anderson eventually stopped the vehicle.

The Jets receiver was arrested for the numerous traffic violations, but when taken into custody, Anderson resisted and refused to get in the back of a patrol car, the officer said.

Most of the charges Anderson is facing have to do with the traffic violations, but he’s also accused of misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony fleeing and eluding a police vehicle with lights and siren active.

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The ninth charge came after he was put in the back of the patrol car, and this would be another felony.

While in the back of the car, Anderson allegedly threatened to sexually assault the wife of the arresting officer, earning him the charge of threatening a public servant or family member.

“He continued [to] make other verbal threats towards my family,” the arresting officer wrote in his report. “Based on his statements, it was clear that he intended to sexually assault my wife. He also began to brag about how much money he has and how all I was doing was trying to … ‘ruin his fun.'”

After receiving news of the arrest and charges, the Jets released a statement.

“We are aware of the situation,” a Jets spokesman said. “This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment.”

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Anderson was being held Friday in the Broward County Jail.

As for his arrest in 2017, Anderson has a court appearance scheduled for March 19. He is facing a felony charge for resisting arrest with violence and also a charge of obstruction of justice.

If he faces any discipline from his 2017 arrest, an NFL suspension would likely take place in 2018 pending the results of the trial.

Anderson was expected to enter the 2018 season as the Jets’ No. 1 receiving option. He had a breakout 2017 season in which he had 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, both of which led the team.

He played two seasons at Temple University and in his senior season posted the second-most receptions and receiving yards in program history.

An undrafted rookie in 2016, Anderson carved a role on the team behind veterans Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

Anderson is due $630,000 in 2018, which is the last year of his rookie deal.

He will be a restricted free agent entering the 2019 season.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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