(CNN) — New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon while trying to board a plane at LaGuardia Airport, authorities say.
Williams, 22, had a Glock 19 pistol on Thursday, Port Authority police told CNN in a statement Friday.
The gun was discovered around 9:15 p.m. at a Delta check-in counter and was not loaded, Port Authority Police Spokeswoman Lenis Rodriguez said.
He has an Alabama permit for the weapon, police said.
He will be arraigned March 25, said Kim Livingston, spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
CNN has contacted Williams, his representatives and family members, as well as the Jets for a statement.
At 6’3″, 303 pounds, Williams had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his rookie season, according to the Jets website. He played for the University of Alabama.