Jets’ star wide receiver Braylon Edwards (above), who caught a 67 yard touchdown last night which led to a 31-23 Jets victory against hated rival Miami. But according to the commentators, from know-it-all windbag Mike Francesa to know-it-all windbags Tony Kornheiser and Chris Collinsworth, Edwards should never have played for the Jets last night, because at this stage of the game, they believe it falls upon the Jets shoulders to right all the wrongs in the world, and to bench players who they have brought here to help them win games–like last night’s.
This guy should not play this week. Case closed.
–Mike Francesa, WFAN
Admittedly, I’m on the outs with the Jets.
–Mike Francesa, WFAN
If it was my team, I’d deactivate him.
–Chris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
A week after Edwards’ DWI, the pundits have no clearer understanding of one’s basic right to due process, and to the concept of innocent until proven guilty. Francessa, Mr. Genius himself, spoke all week about Edwards and how the Jets needed to take a stand. He also talked all week about how the Ravens were going to cover the spread against the Browns. They did not. He also comes off his dubious prediction that the Colts would “blow out” New Orleans in the Superbowl.
But Francesa, who hates the Jets, can’t really be expected to think any differently. He alienated himself with the team so badly that no Jets’ players or upper management figures will come on the air with him. And last week, when Jets’ fans called in to voice their support for Edwards being in the lineup last night, Francesa blew up. One caller asked Francesa if Shaun Ellis played for Mangini–the ultra moral head coach–the week he got arrested for possession of cannabis. The fat man said “I don’t remember” and hung up.
How professional is it to be a big time sports personality in New York who can’t get along with a team in New York, whom that personality depends on for interviews? And what about Francesa’s good buddy Bill Parcells? Yeah, they’re also on the outs, and no longer speak. Maybe it’s because Mike speaks so poorly, from such an uninformed bully pulpit. Maybe that’s why the much smaller ticket duo of Benigno and Roberts had Jerrico Cotchery on with them after Edwards’ arrest which followed a night at a Cotchery charity event in Manhattan, while Francesa could only score beat writers to talk Jets on his nationally syndicated radio and television show.
The closest Francesa got to interviewing a Jet last week was when he had on Dolphins’ head coach Tony Sparano–the coach of the Jet’s opponent last night. While 1050 ESPN radio pulled a number of high profile Jets’ related interviews, Francesa was kissing Bucs’ coach Rahim Morris’ ass.
So we pulled for you a post from WhiteShoeWillie of www.theganggreen.com that clearly shows that no players arrested for similar infractions were suspended by their teams in recent memory. Have a look:
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Beavis Island
For those of you who think Braylon should be Benched/Suspended/Cut by Jets …
This is the list of all NFL players who were arrested for DUI related offenses since 01/01/09. Please point out the player who was punished with loss of playing time by their own team because of a DUI/DWI without killing someone. Thank you.
9/21/2010 Braylon Edwards N.Y. Jets WR Arrested on suspicion of drunken driving around 5:15 a.m. in New York. Blood-alcohol content reportedly 0.16. 9/3/2010 Fili Moala Indianapolis DT Arrested, charged with drunken driving, speeding, after being stopped at 2:30 a.m. Blood-alcohol content measured 0.15. 8/8/2010 Gerard Lawson Cleveland DB Arrested, charged with DUI after hitting parked car. Sheriff deputies said he left scene of accident. Pleaded no contest in plea deal. Received punishment of 20 hours of community service, one year probation, 72 hours of "alternative to jail program," six months suspended license. 7/3/2010 Quinton Ganther Seattle RB Arrested on suspicion of DUI in Sacramento. 7/1/2010 Chris Simms Tennessee QB Arrested, charged with driving while intoxicated with marijuana in New York. 6/13/2010 Ray McDonald San Francisco DL Arrested on suspicion of DUI in San Mateo County. He reportedly was driving 94 mph in 65-mph zone. 3/27/2010 Joey Porter Arizona LB Arrested on suspicion of DUI in Bakersfield. Also accused of assaulting police officer and resisting arrest. Dropped for lack of evidence. 3/19/2010 Ronnie Brown Miami RB Arrested on suspicion of DUI near Atlanta after being pulled over for changing lanes without signaling. Blood-alcohol content of .158. 3/13/2010 Spencer Havner Green Bay TE Arrested in California on suspicion of DUI after motorcycle accident around 2:45 a.m. 2/20/2010 Will Allen Miami CB Arrested, charged with DUI about 3:30 a.m. in Miami Beach. Breath tests showed blood-alcohol content at .152 and .167. 2/19/2010 Byron Westbrook Washington CB Arrested on suspicion of DUI just before 2 a.m. in Maryland. Acquitted. 1/29/2010 Rey Maualuga Cincinnati LB Arrested on DUI charge in Kentucky after hitting a parking meter and two parked cars with his 2003 Pontiac. Pleaded guilty, blood-alcohol-content of .157, suspended sentence of seven days in jail, $350 in fines, two years probation, fined two game checks by NFL. 1/1/2010 Taj Smith Indianapolis WR Arrested on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over at 3:24 a.m. 12/29/2009 Bobby McCray New Orleans DE Arrested on DUI charge, speeding, no registration, at 4:30 a.m. 11/16/2009 Eric Weems Atlanta WR Arrested, charged with DUI in DeKalb County, Georgia. 10/27/2009 Marcus Johnson Tampa Bay OL Arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police found him asleep in 2010 Chevy Impala about 4 a.m. Team cut him same day. 8/30/2009 Cedric Griffin Minnesota CB Arrested, charged with DUI. Pleaded guilty, paid $300 fine, two days of community service. 8/21/2009 Chris Davis Tennessee WR Arrested, charged with DUI in Nashville after 2 a.m. traffic stop. 6/20/2009 Owen Schmitt Seattle FB Arrested for investigation of drunken driving near Seattle. Pleaded guilty to reckless driving, 24 hours of community service and payment of $2,130. 4/5/2009 Leon Hall Cincinnati CB Charged with DUI after being pulled over at 3:11 a.m. Blood-alcohol level of 0.149, according to breath test. Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving, sentenced to 64 hours community service, three days in a residential driver intervention program, $250 fine. 4/1/2009 Donte Stallworth Cleveland WR Charged with DUI manslaughter for March 14 incident in which he struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami. Blood-alcohol level was .126. Pleaded guilty, 30 days in jail, lifetime driver's license suspension,1,000 hours of community service. NFL suspended him indefinitely. 3/13/2009 David Macklin Kansas City CB Arrested on drunken-driving charge in Newport News, Va. 2/27/2009 Reggie Williams Jacksonville WR Arrested during traffic stop in Houston, charged with drunken driving and marijuana possession. Dropped. Blood-alcohol content was .05, below the legal limit. 2/1/2009 Jamal Williams Chargers DT Arrested on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over for speeding in Bentley. Reduced to reckless driving charge after blood-alcohol content was 0.07. 1/6/2009 Vincent Jackson Chargers WR Arrested on suspicion of DUI around 2:30 a.m. in 2008 GMC Sierra. Four days in work-release program, five years probation, $2,408 fine, 15 days community service.
Mike says the Giants would never have played Edwards. Well Mike, Antrell Rolle of the Giants recently blasted their head coach, lack of cohesiveness, and approach to games, after the Giants ponied up $ 37.5 M to obtain his services. And he played yesterday–in a 29-10 blowout loss at home. But then again, Mike is a Giants’ fan, and a Jet hater.
Is Edwards a dick, Mike? You bet he is. Is he a danger to society. Most obviously. But the Jets didn’t make him that way and there’s nothing they can do to change these facts. Edwards has been a privileged, pampered athlete since he was in junior high school. How has he gotten away with it, you ask? Because he scores touchdowns. Thank God the Jets were smart enough to know they have no control over Edwards, and didn’t concede to ill-informed public pressure and sit the guy at the expense of their team and their fans. When the league doles out it’s laughable punishment, after the case is adjudicated, we’ll be happy to abide by it.
The result in the meantime? Jets win.
When fat Mike owns his own team, we’ll see how hard he’ll be when it comes to sitting a player at the expense of a win, in a 16 game regular season. I mean, did Francesa kill Pettite or A-Rod or any of the other Yanks on steroids? Of course he didn’t. But Mike wears quadruple XL Yankees pajamas to bed.
Actually Mike, the case is not closed. It’s in fact, very open. And BTW Mike, it’s Tony Sparano (Spuh-RANO) not Tony Soprano. What a moron! Our sincere thanks to WSW of TGG.com. And for anyone wondering, Shaun Ellis played, like Edwards, and the rest of that list above, despite their arrests.