NFL linebacker Greene says dropped gun charge ‘was false’

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A gun charge against NFL linebacker Khaseem Greene has been dropped because the man who said he gave him a weapon admitted he lied, the player’s attorney said.

Greene, who had the charges against him dismissed by a judge on July 17 after a request from prosecutors, said the legal trouble has been “probably the toughest time of my life” and has been “very hard emotionally and mentally.”

“People started looking at me differently and accusing me of being this thug, this monster, and all of it was false,” he said by phone.

Greene’s attorney, Joshua McMahon, provided to NJ.com an audio recording of the other man telling detectives he lied about Greene’s involvement in a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth last December.

The other man’s admission came the day he told detectives Greene, who’s from Elizabeth, was involved, but it wasn’t included in a criminal complaint that alleged Greene was seen on camera handing him a gun, McMahon said. The other man is accused of firing into a crowd and remains jailed on aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

Greene declined to comment on specifics of the case on the advice of his attorney pending a federal civil rights lawsuit he intends to file. His attorney said he has filed a tort claim notice warning of the lawsuit.

The prosecutor’s office said it couldn’t comment on specifics of the case while the case against the other man is pending. Elizabeth’s mayor and the police department declined to comment.

McMahon said the audio recording proves prosecutors moved forward with charges even though the other man admitted he lied.

“The prosecutor’s office and police department worked in concert to repeatedly perpetrate at least two lies to the judge who they sought the initial arrest warrant from and the grand jurors who returned the indictment,” McMahon told NJ.com.

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