September 21, 2010
The Jets coaching staff spent most of last week talking about the "troubles" they were in after a weak effort against the Baltimore Ravens landed them an early 0-1. Now, after an impressive win on Sunday against division rivals New England, the staff will again be answering pointed questions.
This time, however, they'll be about one of their star players getting arrested for drinking and driving. The Associated Press reported that Braylon Edwards(notes), the Jets' current go-to wide receiver, was pulled over early Tuesday morning, blowing an 0.16 on a Breathalyzer, twice the legal limit.
The arrest comes two days after Edwards was a big part in the Jets' 28-14 win over the Patriots, snatching five balls for 45 yards including a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
The Jets released a statement on Tuesday after news hit about Edwards:
"We are very disappointed in Braylon's actions this morning. The Player Protect program [which includes a 24-hour security driving company] is in place for our organization to prevent this situation. Braylon is aware of this program and showed poor judgment.
"We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures."
Edwards, who had four people in his vehicle at 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday when he was pulled over, has had a history of run-ins with the law while out partying. In October of 2009, Braylon got in a scuffle outside a nightclub and punched a friend of LeBron James, eventually pleading no contest to aggravated assault.
Along with that incident, Edwards had been drinking with Donte Stallworth the night Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol.
No word yet on what actions the Jets or the NFL will take on Edwards, but DUIs and DWIs fall under the substance-abuse policy, which allows a team to suspend or fine a player for something of this nature.
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