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New York Jets safety Marcus Maye facing charges from DUI arrest in February

Written by on October 4, 2021

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets safety Marcus Maye is facing charges from a DUI arrest and car crash that occurred Feb. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to Broward County court records.

The arrest, which had not been previously reported, subjects Maye to the NFL’s personal-conduct policy — meaning it could result in a suspension. An October 20 Zoom hearing is scheduled between Maye’s attorney and the state attorney, per court records.

Maye, 28, was charged with driving under the influence and two other misdemeanors: DUI/damage to property and person and leaving the scene of a crash, according to the booking report. He posted bond in the amount of $1,500.

The league is reviewing the matter under its personal-conduct policy, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. It appears the Jets were not made aware of the arrest.

“We’re not going to comment on a pending legal matter,” a Jets spokesman told ESPN on Monday.

Maye’s agent, Erik Burkhard, said in a statement to ESPN: “It is an ongoing legal matter and our attorney has advised us we cannot comment. We are confident it will be positively resolved. We look forward to Marcus getting back on the field soon.”

Maye, traveling by himself in a 2018 Mercedes, allegedly crashed into the left rear of a Volvo while driving north on the Florida Turnpike at 7:33 p.m. There were no injuries, the traffic citation says, but the driver of the Volvo –Jamila Abraham of Belle Glade, Florida — filed a civil suit and is seeking “in excess” of $30,000, per court filings.

It was Maye’s first DUI offense, according to court documents.

The arrest occurred two weeks before Maye, voted by teammates as the Jets’ MVP in 2020, was given the franchise tag by the Jets. By rule, the two sides had until July 15 to work out a long-term contract, but they never got close to an agreement, sources told ESPN.

As a result, Maye is playing on a one-year deal for the amount of the franchise tag — $10.6 million.

General manager Joe Douglas said in a March 3 news conference that the organization’s plan was to keep Maye “long term.” At the time Burkhardt criticized the organization on Twitter for refusing to “take care of their best player.”

Maye is recuperating from an ankle injury, which occurred in Week 3 and forced him to sit out Sunday in the Jets’ 27-24 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans. He’s expected to miss three to four weeks.

Burkhardt tweeted last week that Maye will be healthy by the Nov. 2 NFL trading deadline, fueling speculation that Maye wants to be traded.

A second-round pick in 2017, Maye is the longest-tenured member of the Jets. He has appeared in 57 games — all starts — and has six interceptions.

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