- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Mike Goodson has yet to play a down for the Jets, but he has created many headlines -- for the wrong reasons.
The veteran running back, who was arrested eight days ago on gun and weapons charges, will return to practice next week, according to a source. He sat out the first week of OTA practices, which are voluntary (wink, wink), amid the fallout of his arrest.
Meanwhile, ESPNNewYork.com investigated Goodson's background, discovering he arrived in New York with a trail of legal issues. During a nine-month span, he was sued for paternity action and child support by three different women in two states, according to court records. The investigation also revealed a history of financial problems.
Two months ago, the New York Jets signed unheralded free-agent running back Mike Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract because they fell in love with his upside: He plays fast.
Turns out he lives fast, too.
Goodson's legal issues didn't start with his May 17 arrest in New Jersey on drug and weapons charges, which could result in prison time. In his previous NFL stops, with the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, his personal life spilled into the courts.Goodson
He was sued for paternity and child support by three women from August 2010 to May 2011, according to court documents in North Carolina and in Texas, where he grew up. He has fathered at least six children with those women, one of whom he lived with for two years, records show.
One of the women, who dropped her initial case, is planning to re-file a paternity action next week, according to her attorney.
An investigation into Goodson's background uncovered no criminal activity prior to the May 17 arrest, but there has been a string of incidents that have led to legal action against him.
Goodson didn't pay a $56,465 bill at a Houston-area jewelry store, which included the purchase of a $37,500 Breitling watch, according to court records. The store sued him, and after interest and fees, he ended up paying $84,423.44. The amount was garnished from his Raiders paychecks, according to records in Texas and California.