Que sera, serafor New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson, who is facing perhaps another suspension from the league for his arrest in mid-July near his hometown in Missouri. Yet with one suspension certain and another one a possibility, Richardson isn’t showing any anxiety over the situation.
With the league having already handed down a four-game suspension to Richardson for violating the substance abuse policy, the Jets’ Pro Bowl defensive end might miss even more time with his team after last month’s highly publicized arrest. In this latest incident, Richardson led a high-speed police chase and was eventually arrested after marijuana, a hand gun and a 12-year old were found in the vehicle. Oh yeah, and the high-speed chase.
He doesn’t think he will face jail time with a hearing set for later this month.
“I really don’t think it will go that far,” Richardson said on Wednesday when he spoke to reporters. “We’ll see.”
It has been quite the fall from grace for Richardson, once a fan favorite who now has seen his stock tumble. He is currently getting reps with the second-unit defensive line as he faces not only missing the first month of the season but perhaps even longer, pending this upcoming hearing.
He is currently receiving counseling at the urging of his parents, something he calls “somewhat” helpful.
At the start of training camp, Richardson infamously said of himself that “I ain’t no dope fiend.”
“It’s definitely a humbling experience, just got to learn from it,” Richardson said. “I consider myself a humble guy off camera but other than that, it is what it is.”
That he will miss at least four games is a definite after failing multiple drug tests. Now with this latest arrest, he doesn’t think jail time is looming but isn’t certain about the league taking any further actions to put a dent into his season.
“I don’t want to expect [it], that’s out of my hands right there,” Richardson said. “Whatever happens, happens.”