On Friday morning, after a wide receiver for the New York Jets was pulled over by a policeman for speeding, he allegedly threatened the officer by saying that when he got out of the police vehicle, he would find the officer’s wife, “f–k her and n-t in her eye.”
According to the Broward County police report, at around 2:15 a.m. Friday, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, driving a white SUV, accelerated past officer Jonathan B. Hennessy, who then followed him. The officer pace-clocked Anderson racing at 105 mph in a 45 mph zone for roughly three-quarters of a mile before Anderson reportedly slowed down to 45 mph as he neared a red light, which he sped through. Anderson then reportedly ran another red light before he started weaving from lane to lane.
Once Anderson finally stopped, according to the police report, Hennessy ordered him out of the vehicle and called for backup. Once another officer arrived, Anderson said he wanted a lawyer and would not easily get into the police vehicle; Hennessy reported he felt Anderson “brace, tense and refuse” to enter the vehicle.
While in the back of my patrol vehicle, Robert stated that when he got out he was going to find my wife, f*** her and nut in her eye. He continued (to) make other verbal threats towards my family. Based on his statements. it was clear that he intended to sexually assault my wife. He also began to brag about how much money he has and how all I was doing was trying to do is “Ruin his fun”.
Hennessy reported no indications of drug or alcohol influence.
On Saturday, Anderson’s attorney, Ed O’Donnell, speaking to the New York Post, claimed Anderson believed he “could have wound up dead” from his confrontation with police, adding, “He’s not accusing anybody of anything … but what happens to young black men when they’re stopped for a traffic offense? Because that’s what it was. The other stuff was after the fact.” O’Donnell, who bailed Anderson out of jail, said he spoke to Anderson on Saturday. He stated, “I said, ‘I’m glad you’re OK,’ and he said, ‘I know. I could have wound up dead.’”
O’Donnell claimed, “The charges are totally out of character for Robby. He’s just a fine young man who I hold in high regard. I don’t know what he said [to police]. I know what’s been printed. I’ve been doing this for 47 years and what’s stated in a police report is often at odds with true facts. It started as a traffic offense and escalated, OK?”
This is not Anderson’s first brush with the law; in May 2017, he was charged with resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of a police officer.
For the incident on Friday, Anderson has been charged with resisting an officer/obstruction without violence; felony harm to a public servant or family; felony fleeing/eluding while lights/siren active; reckless driving; failure to drive in a single lane; two counts of disobeying/avoiding a red light; speeding; and turning without a signal.