By Steve Corkran
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 5:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders offensive lineman Mario Henderson was arrested in Florida on Thursday morning for carrying a concealed firearm, according to several reports.
Henderson, 26, was pulled over by police in Fort Myers, Fla., for playing music too loud in his Impala. The arresting officer asked Henderson if he had a gun in his vehicle. Henderson said that he did, though it was located between the driver’s seat and the center console, according to the arrest report, and not in the glove box, as Henderson indicated. Henderson is not licensed to carry a concealed firearms permit.
This marks the second arrest of a Raiders player this offseason. Backup running back Michael Bush was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year. The Raiders did not comment on Bush’s arrest and have not addressed Henderson’s legal run-in as of yet.
Henderson, a third-round draft pick in 2007, started seven games at left offensive tackle for the Raiders last season. He finished the second half of the season as a backup as a result of losing his starting job to rookie Jared Veldheer.
Henderson’s contract voided at season’s end, and he now is a free agent. He could not be reached for comment. It’s a toss up as to whether the Raiders will attempt to re-sign Henderson. There is a dearth of talent at left offensive tackle, so Henderson stands a decent shot at receiving a sizable contract offer from another team in need of a proven left tackle.
Here’s the link to a local report from a Flordia TV station pertaining to Henderson’s arrest: http://www.nbc-2.com/Global/story.asp?S=14271612