PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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New York Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, NY at around 9:15 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The New York Jets drafted Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He rewarded them with an okay, but overall subpar rookie year. That kind of season could bring about stress for anyone.

Thus, mistakes in the offseason coming off a rough season for a 22-year-old kid can be expected. But there’s no explanation for his reported arrest at LaGuardia Airport Thursday night for criminal possession of a firearm.

That’s right. Williams brought a firearm into an airport and tried to board a plane with it. A firearm that he didn’t have registered in the state of New York no less. There are bonehead moves made by young football players, but this one takes the cake.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the gun has been identified as a Glock 19. It’s unclear if the weapon was loaded at the time of the arrest.

Similar situations around the league don’t paint a pretty picture for Williams. The last NFL player to have a gun charge levied against them that has seen a conclusion to their case was Daryl Worley. He was immediately cut by the Panthers and then suspended four games.

However, the last time a case specifically like this came up was in 2016. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm through security in the Miami Airport. The charges were dropped and Bradham faced no discipline from the league.

It’s difficult to predict how the NFL will handle Williams’ case. It should be expected that he misses some time due to this boneheaded move. A four-game suspension — at the least — is likely headed his way.

The worst that could happen is a guilty verdict in a criminal court. If that happens, it’s possible that Williams could face jail time. According to NYC law, there is a mandatory one-year jail sentence on any federal gun charge.

This young man may have just set his life back. He can only hope that the Queens Police Department is as lenient on him as the Miami Police Department was on Bradham.

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