New York Jets’ star receiver Braylon Edwards, acquired in a trade with Cleveland last year, was arrested on Monday morning in New York City after blowing a .16 on a breathalyzer exam.
New York Jets star wide receiver Braylon Edwards told a police officer he’d been partying and drinking before being pulled over in his luxury SUV, but he suggested letting him leave the car and go home, prosecutors said as he was arraigned Tuesday on drunken-driving charges.A solemn Edwards was released without bail in a case that could compound his legal troubles while he’s on probation after a fracas in Cleveland last year. He declined to discuss the drunken-driving arrest as he left a Manhattan courthouse, thronged by reporters.
Defense lawyer Peter M. Frankel said Edwards was exhausted and focused on getting back to his team.
“Obviously, this is very difficult for him,” Frankel said. “Without question, absolutely, he understands the seriousness of the situation, and he is committed to getting back on the football field and doing what he does best for the Jets.”
A breath test showed Edwards had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne said officers on the lookout for such violations as overly tinted windows stopped Edwards because his Land Rover’s windows were too dark and then noticed a strong smell of alcohol.
Luckily for Edwards and the Jets, the team is willing to facilitate Edwards’ weary man wishes. Jets’ brass, consisting of Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, and Rex Ryan said earlier tonight that Edwards, who the Jets will need on Sunday night, will dress but not start on Sunday, and will see game action at some point.
Thank God. No one said he wasn’t a complete fool and a reckless criminal. That’s not why he’s here. He’s here to play football. He punched Lebron James’ friend? Very odd. But here we are, discussing the wrongs of an NFL player, of all things. Take his license away. But he does have to play in Miami Sunday night. He isn’t here for the Jets to discipline him, though it would seem warranted, especially after two stupid taunting instances on Sunday in the end zone, and one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
It’s a judge’s job to punish the man. And when that judge adjudicates the matter, I will stand with whatever Goodell’s suspension for Edwards is. But not until then.