Robby Anderson’s lawyer says arrest warrant is ‘craziness’
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court, but his attorney says the missed appearance was due to a lack of communication from authorities.
Anderson’s attorney, Ed O’Donnell, told the New York Daily News that he received “no notice” of the Tuesday court date in Florida.
“I received no notice,” O’Donnell said. “Robby received no notice. And the bondsman received no notice. A written plea of Not Guilty was filed on January 29th. Since that date, we’ve never gotten any notice to be in court for this matter. I intend to take care of this (Thursday). First I got to figure out where it is. I didn’t even know who issued the warrant for non-appearance. Craziness. Craziness.”
The appearance stemmed from Anderson’s January arrest for reckless driving. He was initially facing nine charges, but the majority of them got dropped and reduced to a misdemeanor. O’Donnell insists this was not a case of Anderson blowing off a legal responsibility.
“Robby did not do anything wrong,” the lawyer added. “It’s not like he just said, ‘No, I’m not going to court.’ Believe me. I didn’t go to court, either. Because nobody knew to be there.”
Anderson was arrested on Jan. 19 after he reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife. The 24-year-old was also arrested last year for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with an officer at a music festival.
Despite the legal issues, the Jets have stood by Anderson in the wake of a season in which he broke out with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.