ORLANDO The Jets haven’t given up on Robby Anderson.
CEO and Chairman Christopher Johnson threw his support behind the talented but troubled wide receiver Sunday, making it clear that he believes the player can get on the straight and narrow path. Anderson, arrested twice in the past year, had a court appearance scheduled for Monday postponed until the summer.
“I’m really hopeful that Robby will put this kind of thing behind him,” Johnson said Sunday from the annual NFL meetings. “And that he will be the kind of person forget about his playing he’s an incredible football player that he’ll be the kind of person all around that will make people proud to wear a No. 11 jersey.”
Anderson was arrested for resisting arrest at a music festival in Miami last summer before a second run-in with the law in January with a litany of charges including fleeing police and threatening to sexually assault the arresting officer’s wife. The Daily News reported shortly after Anderson’s second arrest that the team had no plans to cut him. Johnson clearly isn’t willing to give up on the team’s leading receiver from last season.
“He knows that I care about him,” said Johnson, who has spoken Anderson after the latest arrest. “We became quite good friends last year. We talked a lot. I have a lot of respect for that young man. I want to see him succeed. And I hopefully will. He is remorseful. He is trying to get himself in a better place. And I believe in him.”
Anderson is one of three players to have been arrested since December. Cornerback Rashard Robinson (marijuana) and Dylan Donahue (DWI/driving the wrong way into the Lincoln Tunnel) also have had their legal troubles, but Johnson isn’t ready to cut the cord on them either yet.
“I’m really disappointed, but I think these guys deserve the support of the team,” Johnson said. “They deserve a second chance. We have a really good support system with the team. I think we can help these guys. My patience isn’t infinite. I expect these guys to straighten up.”
Despite the three recent arrests, Johnson doesn’t believe that the Jets have a discipline problem.
“I don’t think so,” Johnson said. “I really don’t. Because I think we can get these guys back on track. Young men are sometimes young men. They make silly mistakes. I’m hopeful that we can be part of helping them become better people.”