Stopped for a speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge early Tuesday morning, Philadelphia WR Josh Huff was found to be in possession of a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, six hollow point bullets and what’s said to be marijuana for an unspecified quantity. Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Huff insisted, “I’m not Gilbert Arenas,”, but was hardly apologetic about the firearms charge. From the Inquirer’s Zach Berman :
“I’m a professional athlete. What professional athlete don’t have a gun?” Huff said by his locker. “I have a wife and I have a son at home, and my job is to protect them at all costs. My job is to protect myself as well.”
“I felt my life has been threatened, and that’s why I have a gun and I have a license,” Huff said.
Huff, a Houston native, said “there’s always somebody out to get you” in his hometown, which is why he’s conditioned to carrying a gun. He said there have been several incidents in which he has lost friends to gun violence when they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.