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Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia Airport, attempting to board a plane with a gun

Steve Mitchell - USA TODAY Sports

Troubling news has occurred with a former Alabama football standout. 

According to, Quinnen Williams was arrested on Thursday night for attempting to board his flight at LaGuardia Airport while carrying a handgun. News came from the Port Authority Police. 

Williams, the No. 3 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, had 28 tackles last season with 2.5 sacks in his rookie year for the New York Jets.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., he led the Crimson Tide in tackles for loss (19.5) and sacks (eight) while having 12 quarterback hurries in 2018.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive tackle won the Outland Trophy and was selected first-team All-SEC and unanimous All-American. 


Quinnen Williams (No. 92) at Alabama sacks Joe Burrow of LSU in 2018 game/ Photo comes from Cedric Mason – Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He arrived to Alabama in its 2016 recruiting class. 

Williams was on two conference championship teams and a College Football Playoff National Championship team in 2017. The incident on Thursday night happened around 9:15 p.m., and the 22-year-old was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

While he does have a permit for the gun in Alabama, New York has a strict handgun possession – according to the article. 

Per the Law Office of Martin D. Kane, there are two general charges to handgun possession.

Possession of a loaded handgun or possession of an unloaded handgun are both serious felony charges.

Williams could face some jail time. His case will be handled by the Queens District Attorney’s office.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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