Golson On Airport Gun Possession Incident: ‘It Was Just An Honest Mistake’

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson had an eventful Wednesday in the state of Alabama that included him learning a valuable lesson.

Golson, the Steelers former second-round draft pick out of Mississippi, was reportedly briefly detained Wednesday at Mobile Regional Airport after a handgun and ammunition were found in his carry-on bag, according to Creg Stephenson of AL.com. Golson, who now faces a a hefty fine from the TSA as a result of Wednesday’s incident, explained what happened and why he had the gun in his possession.

“It was just an honest mistake,” Golson said, according to Stephenson. “… We had an event at the club over the weekend, and things get kind of wild. I always keep my protection on me, which is completely legal. (The gun) is in my name and everything. I just forgot it was in my bag.

“My heart just kind of dropped when they found it. I was like ‘what in the world was I thinking?'”

Golson reportedly told AL.com he is an investor in a Gulfport, Miss., nightclub called Club Thirty IV, and had the gun in his bag for personal protection when on site at the club over the weekend. He went on to say he simply forgot it was there before heading to the airport.

According to the latest report, Golson was allowed to board his flight after the gun and ammunition was confiscated by TSA and held for him until he returns to the area. Golson, who now reportedly faces a $5000-$10,000 fine, was headed to Pittsburgh via a short trip in Atlanta to take part in the team’s offseason program which will be getting underway after the draft and he’s already talked briefly to the team about Wednesday’s incident.

“I actually talked to one of my coaches while I was going through the process,” Golson said. “But when I get back to Pittsburgh I’m sure I’ll have to explain it in more detail, what happened.”

Golson also reportedly that he has been cleared 100 percent by doctors to participate in team activities after sitting out last season with a foot injury that he suffered during training camp. The cornerback also missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

As Stephenson pointed out in his report, the TSA’s website indicates that airline passengers are allowed to transport unloaded firearms in their checked luggage, as long as they are in locked, hard-sided containers and declared to agents prior to departure.

  • Sam Clonch

    Pretty knuckle headed move. I’ve had nightmares where I do the same thing though, lol. Glad it doesn’t appear to be anything serious, really hoping to actually see him on the field this year!

  • Rob Erickson

    If the nature of the business in which you are a partner involves things “getting kind of wild” and requires you to carry “protection”, you may need to re-evaluate your investment strategy.

  • Steelers12

    Golson is a 2 year pro, i have been an electrician for 5 years. We have played the same amount of snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Let that sink in

  • Steelers12

    is it me or does he resemble Mendenhall somewhat

  • Applebite

    Figured as much. It happens to the best of us. Just get him on Youtube and let him watch Tim on MAC, go over the proper protocol of traveling with a weapon. Everyone could use a refresher, or at least learn something new. It couldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.

  • Applebite

    By your example, just going home from work fits the description of things “getting kind of wild” and would require one to carry protection.

  • Rob Erickson

    My condolences on your homelife

  • popsiclesticks

    So no one should rent out houses in lower-income areas? It’s not like Golson is pulling his gun on people at the office every day.

  • popsiclesticks

    I used to wonder how this could happen, and I mean it’s still difficult to excuse, but after a few back-to-back-to-back trips I’ve realized that I don’t really spend nearly as much time unpacking and packing prior to each trip.

  • JNick

    Without getting political, he has a right to carry wheverever and however he chooses, under his states legal parameters. He made a mistake and will pay the fine to do. However having a gun on him for protection is a choice he is allowed to make, no matter what reasons he has. At this point, any activity may involve you needing to protect your life. That nvolves being an NFL player.

  • NinjaMountie

    But a gun!!?? C’mon. If you forget where your gun is you have bigger problems than fines….you are an absolute idiot.

  • Rob Erickson

    My comment was less about the politics and more about the optics. If you are a professional athlete in the public eye and potentially one of many “faces” of a franchise, maybe your investments and business dealings shouldn’t be such that they could land you in the press in a negative light. Obviously we aren’t talking about Bam Morris and a trunk full of weed here but there are many ways for an athlete to invest. Co-owning a nightclub where things get “crazy” is, to me, not the best decision making, especially if you feel you need to be at the club. Sounds more like a lifestyle decision rather than a business decision. How did carrying protection work out for Plax?

  • NinjaMountie

    Next thing you know he’ll accidentally shoot himself in the foot and be out another season.

  • Rob Erickson

    We aren’t talking about housing rentals. He co-owns a nightclub. More a lifestyle choice than an investment strategy really. At some point I would like someone to cite research that shows that shows the number of instances where a professional athlete has thwarted a potentially dangerous situation by carrying “protection”. I’d hazard a guess that more careers have been damaged than saved

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Lol

  • JNick

    The Plax example is silly because he was breaking gun laws in a notoriously unfriendly gun state.
    Optics-wise it’s not the best choice, but I’m not going to chide a guy for co-owning a nightclub and carrying when he feels necessary. He’s never been in trouble before and made a mistake. He’s not Adam Jones “making it reign” or Plax carrying an unholstered Glock in sweatpants, without the required state licenses. Optics are perception and it’s different for everyone. I grew up around guns and understand the necessity of carrying. It’s not that big of an issue for me. He made a mistake and it sounds like he handled in a humble manner and it ended as well as can be expected.
    How about the optics of making a mistake, taking care of the situation and owning it?

  • Sam Clonch

    Wanna compare bank accounts with him next?

  • nikgreene

    Okay, I let it sink in, now what? A lot of players get injured and Golson’s been particularly unlucky so far in his career. He probably would have played in the back half of 2016 though other injuries forced the team to move him off the 53 man roster to season ending IR.

  • PaeperCup

    Is this guy gonna play or what?

  • Rob Erickson

    Would not disagree one bit with either the irrational constitutionality of gun carrying laws in the US nor with how he handled the situation. Simply focused on the decision making of how to invest his rookie money and putting himself in positions that may cause the organization to re-evaluate their decision to continue investing in him.
    Think back to Ben. No one knows what happened in that bathroom. Maybe she said no. Maybe she regretted it after the fact but was a willing participant. The optics of the situation certainly stained Ben’s reputation either way. You don’t put yourself in those positions as a professional athlete (or you shouldn’t). Shady stuff happens at night clubs. Why be a co-owner of one? Are there literally no other investment opportunities? Or is it more about being “that guy” who owns the club?
    I just think its poor decision making. I’m no more right or wrong than anyone else. Feel free to disagree.

  • Steelers12

    Best ability is availability

  • Rusted Out

    He has figuratively shot himself in the foot enough times.

  • Steelers12

    Yes i do

  • nikgreene

    So, if through no fault of your own you break your wrist on the job and are on disability for a few months that means you are a bad electrician?

  • KiJana Haney

    I am one of the few people on the golson bandwagon. Dammit he better perfrom this year or im down.

  • Steelers12

    Did i say he was a bad player?

  • NinjaMountie

    I guess it means it’s time for it to literally happen. lol

  • george

    Well, thankfully he didn’t shoot himself in the leg!

  • george

    LOL-good one.

  • george

    Can you play in the nickel package? 🙂

  • Rusted Out

    What difference would it make? Another season on IR? Aside from general embarrassment from fans around the league. What would blow me away,
    (pun intended) is if this guy would play one regular season snap, let alone develop into a solid Nickel corner.

  • tarquin

    I don’t believe this guy actually exists.

  • nikgreene

    then what are you saying?

  • dany

    How about d*** swinging contest?

  • The Tony

    I am also on the bandwagon. We clearly saw something in him to use a second round pick. I love the productivity in college. Fingers crossed this is the year

  • Steelers12

    not interested in seeing another man’s equipment sir so i pass

  • Steelers12

    it was a joke that apparently went over your head

  • Steelers12

    yes i can

  • Steve Brannon

    Maybe you should work harder and earn those snaps!

  • nikgreene

    I got the joke. It was really funny. I can barely type I’m laughing so hard. I’m physically slapping my knee with the palm of my hand because your joke was so humorous.

  • Steelers12

    great, now you can move on with your day

  • Steelers12

    25 and supervisor for the power company, my work ethic is top notch is yours?

  • dany

    Damn

    *Scratches Steelers12 from the list*

  • nikgreene

    Sorry it got snarky. No hard feelings man…and go Steelers. I’m sure we’ll both be happy if Golson is healthy in 2017 and contributes to the team’s success.
    Have a good one.

  • Steel Your Face

    I too look forward to potential gunfights at my leisure. Moron…

  • Dimdem

    I’ve thought recently about getting a gun. However, I can’t imagine taking gun ownership so lightly that I’d forget where I had it.

  • Steelers12

    no problem i take nothing over the internet serious you have a good one as well

  • Steve Brannon

    Yet you still haven’t played a snap…

  • Steelers12

    and neither has he, lol the irony

  • george

    If you’re willing to play for the vet minimum you have a legitimate shot at making the 53!

  • george

    Lol. A hologram created by Colbert to appease the fans.

  • Delboka

    he is this stupid to go to clubs that get so wild that he needs a gun for protection?

    Good idea. Nfl players, wild clubs, and guns always seem to work out.

    Nice excuse, “I didnt know I had a gun in the bag I packed.”

  • walter

    Wow must be bad at home the one place that should be safe or you have high incidents of road rage on your route home

  • Steelers12

    Lol thanks for having a sense of humor George

  • mhurk

    He didnt get arrested so whats the stink all about?

  • Rocksolid20

    We don’t know if Golson can play in the nickel package , haven’t sen him do it ?!

  • Rocksolid20

    College and NFL , two vastly different games .

  • Brenton deed

    Two unrelated freak injuries and good track record viv-a-vis injuries in college. You’ve got to give him the benefit of the doubt durability wise. Lloyd was injured in his first year. I think that his prospects are good but this year will tell.

  • Applebite

    Home life is fine. It’s even better when a thug has to worry about his own safety, rather than me hoping a cop comes into to save me in time.

    The ignorance that you display here, however, is quite unsettling. You’re willing to assume nothing bad can happen because of where you live or work. I can assure you that even if you live in the suburb, you’re a target for home invasion, perhaps even more so, because most in a suburb aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. Just like sheep in a fence line.

    “Oh! I’m safe! This is my safe space, nobody can touch me here!”

    Then reality knocks on your window.

  • Applebite

    The ones stinking up the joint have cops in their back pocket to give them 24/7 protection. So they’re assuming he should be able to do the same.

  • popsiclesticks

    How about the number of instances in which anyone has? The numbers generally say no, they don’t. But then you’re making a political argument that’s a different one that I don’t even necessarily disagree with but it’s not for this site and I am an active proponent of keeping it that way.

    There should be no difference between Golson carrying a gun and a guy like my dad, who carried a gun legally when going to collect rent or fix a sink at the Section 8 houses. He never needed it, but he still carried it. And Golson may be looking for trouble, but I don’t like just assuming that he is. He’s got the right and there is money to be made in that industry.

  • popsiclesticks

    Your saying it much better than I could. I get the optics of pro athletes being different than regular people and the club being involved but a right is a right and I’m not gonna rush to judgments on Quez.

  • walter

    I read all the comments and here is mine. I would rather read about how he is training to get in shape for the NFL. I havent heard a word about Golsons training. This man has a rare opportunity to make a fortune and possibly play in a SB and he is spending his time in wild clubs even going as far as investing and taking part in enforcment putting himself in a dangerous position where there might be an exchange of gunfire?? It sounds like poor choice in lifesyle to me on par with smoking with that rapper dude..

  • walter

    Seriously your home should be a safe place. But I understand many people live in fear and have to drive through bad areas of town. Im sorry this is happening to America. Our inner cities are cesspools.

  • walter

    But dont get me wrong i believe in armed citizens.

  • Applebite

    That’s the thing you’re missing here. It’s not just happening in the worse parts of town…

  • walter

    well im not missing anything because i have lived in many places and experienced them to compare and its absolutely different depending where you live. yes it could happen anywhere but far more likely in some areas than others. I am lucky to live where i work and believe it or not i have no need to lock my door and i leave my wallet in my car all night. believe it or not sw florida is an amazing place. but eventually it will be like miami and the other crappy areas.