Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was stopped by TSA agents in Alabama on Wednesday but not arrested after they discovered a hand gun and bullets in his carry-on bag.
According to TMZ, Golson was going through security at Mobile Regional Airport Wednesday when agents found a Glock .45 caliber pistol along with 23 rounds of ammunition.TSA agents called the police.
Airport police chief Brian Fillingim said that since Golson’s record showed no warrants, the airport kept the pistol and 23 rounds of ammunition in a safe for Golson to retrieve after his trip.
“He wasn’t violating any laws or ill-intent of doing anything illegal with it,” Fillingim told ESPN. “No criminal activity whatsoever.”
Carrying a gun inside an airport is permitted in Alabama, but Golson will be subject to a fine from TSA. This routine happens frequently in the Mobile airport, Fillingim said.
Golson, a native of Pascagoula, Miss., was the Steelers’ second-round pick in the 2015 draft. He injured his shoulder during training camp of his rookie season and spent the entire season on injured reserve. Last season he injured his foot during training camp and also landed on injured reserve.
It’s unknown why Golson had the gun or whether he owned a permit, but Fillingim said his staff noted Golson was “outstanding” to deal with and “very apologetic” about the incident.