Last season Antavian Edison lead Purdue in receiving yardage and was second in catches. With 44 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns he was set for a big senior year. Well, he will now likely be sitting for a good portion of it, and he may even be in jail.
According to the Fort Meyers News-Press, Edison was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Sunday in Fort Myers and released later that morning on $1,500 bond.
Purdue is not commenting on Edison's status as it gathers more details about the situation.
Edison got arrested in Florida, and that is bad because their gun laws mean it is a felony charge for possession of a concealed firearm. ESPN doesn't specify that it was a firearm, but he was charged with a felony, which means a firearm is a strong possibility. Here is what he could be facing:
Carrying a Concealed Firearm: An individual who carries a Concealed Firearm, while unlicensed, on or about his/her person is charged with a 3rd Degree Felony. A third degree felony carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine.
Antavian was arrested with his brother, and there are scant few details out there right now as to what they were doing to necessitate the arrest. Since it is a felony, Purdue can expect three points in the EDSBS Fulmer Cup, and I am betting that Edison will now be sitting for a good long while. Edison is the third player to run afoul of the law since the end of the regular season, joining Dwayne Beckford and Ralph Bolden, but this is Purdue's first felony.
UPDATE: This is from Mike Carmin at the Lafayette Journal and Courier:
At about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Fort Myers police officers Victor Medico and Glenn Eppler witnessed a green Lincoln run a stop sign as the car headed west on Hanson Street from Ford Street, according to their report.
While Medico approached the rear of the Lincoln, he could see the outline of the driver and front-seat passenger make “twisting and bending movements” inside the car, the report said, which prompted the officers to call for a K-9 unit to conduct a free air sniff. The K-9 gave an alert which prompted a probable cause search.
The officers found a silver “Pink Lady” .38 Special revolver lying between the driver and front passenger, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, the report said. Also under the rear bench seat were a drawstring bag with 17 rounds of Peters .38 Special ammunition and one round of R-P .38 Special ammunition.
What's interesting is that Edison can be charged with a concealed weapon for the ammunition being concealed. Either way, its bad news.