NFL New York Jets' Sheldon Richardson charged with resisting arrest

Police have confirmed that New York Jets star Sheldon Richardson was charged with resisting arrest.

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New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been charged with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations.

A probable cause statement from police confirmed Richardson was pulled over on July 14 after being clocked driving at speeds of 122, 135 and 143 miles per hour in his Bentley Silver Spur.

According to police, Richardson was seen travelling at high speeds along with another vehicle, with police believing him to have been involved in a road race, and later turned off his vehicle lights in a bid to evade arrest.

The 24-year-old was ultimately ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint, with a semi-automatic handgun found under the driver's seat.

A statement from the St Charles County prosecuting attorney read: "Richardson complied with officers' demand to exit the vehicle; summonses were issued, and Richardson was released without further incident. Two other adult males and one minor child were passengers in the vehicle driven by Richardson. The passengers were not charged."

The probable cause statement also highlighted "a strong odor [sic] of burned marijuana emanating from the vehicle".

An NFL spokesman said: "The league is aware of the situation and is looking into the charges levied against Richardson."

A Jets spokesman told NFL media: "We are aware of the situation and are gathering information. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment at this time."

Richardson is due in court on October 27.

News of Richardson's arrest follows a four-game suspension earlier in July after he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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