DATs DAVIS: Safety Marcus Maye Arrested For Alleged Aggravated Assault With A Firearm
This could not have come at a more inopportune time for the New Orleans Saints. With their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons only ten days away, Nick Underhill from NewOrleans.Football reports that safety Marcus Maye was arrested on Thursday for alleged aggravated assault with a firearm. Maye was reportedly arrested in Jefferson Parish, according to Jesse Brooks of FOX 8 New Orleans.
The Saints have recently traded defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2023 5th-round pick and a 2024 6th-round pick. Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen talked about the trade, stating that they would not have made the trade if they did not have such confidence in the current depth they have in their DB room. Now it potentially loses another starter, as Maye also has a pending legal status regarding his DUI case.
Maye’s court date for his DUI has been re-scheduled for November 16th, and he is already facing potential discipline from the National Football League pending the results of the lawsuit prior to Thursday’s arrest for aggravated assault. NFL policy dictates that a three-game suspension be handed down for a first offense DUI.
During his time as a member of the New York Jets, Maye was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and property damage for a traffic incident back in February of 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Maye has reportedly entered a not guilty plea to all of the charges.
Maye signed a 3-year, $28.5 million contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing for the New York Jets on a franchise tag. The safety suffered a season-ending achilles injury in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. Efforts to retain Maye for the Jets secondary were reportedly made, but New Orleans ultimately won Maye’s favor after the Saints lost safety Marcus Williams, who signed a lucrative deal with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason.
Maye was projected to be the starting safety next to veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu. Maye’s attorney Eric Hessler issued a statement, denying the allegations made against his client.
“Marcus vehemently denies the allegation from a motor vehicle incident, and looks forward to defending himself when all the facts come out.”
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office released a statement regarding Maye’s arrest. The JPSO state that Maye was arrested on a warrant, and faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. Maybe was booked at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and was released after posting a bond of $30,000.