New York Jets

New York Jets' Braylon Edwards Arrested on DWI in Manhattan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Sergei MiledinAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2010

It appears that trouble hasn't quite left Jets' Braylon Edwards as the wide receiver was arrested earlier this morning in Midtown Manhattan for driving while intoxicated. Police claim that the second-year Jet was pulled over at 5:15 for excessively tinted windows only to smell alcohol on his breath and consequently breathalyzed him to discover his BAC(blood alcohol content) at 0.16, double the state limit. There were four other passengers with him including an unnamed Jets starter.

This isn't the first time the man who christened his team's new stadium with their first touchdown on Sunday has had run-ins with the law. Prior to coming to New York from Cleavland, Edwards was allegedly involved in a fight outside of a nightclub where he struck it's promoter in the face forcing him to be treated at a hospital.

The promoter turned out to be the friend of none other than LeBron James thus making many headlines in both Ohio and on the national scale as two athletes from different sports had an alleged "beef".  He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge.

Edwards was also once pulled over in Cleveland for driving 120mph in a 65mph zone as well as drinking with teammate Donte Stallworth the night he would kill a pedestrian in Miami while under the influence.

GM Mike Tannenbaum has released this statement on the incident: "The Player Protect Program is in place to help players avoid situations like this. Braylon is aware of the program, but showed poor judgment. We are disappointed in him. We will review the information with the league and impose the appropriate sanctions."

 

Should Edwards be suspended it would leave Gang Green with receiver slot that would need to be filled. With Santonio Holmes not returning until week 5 the Jets could scramble to sign a fill-in player. Laveranues Coles had been mentioned in the past when he was released by the team but according to sources he did not want to return when they came knocking before resigning David Clowney.

Last week's leading receiver was tight end Dustin Keller who had more yards(115) than anyone else who registered a reception combined.

There are many factors in this situation that show the lack of judgment on Edwards' part who not only failed to get a driver for himself (which is why the Player Protect Program is in place) he failed to look out for his passengers, and neglected his responsibility as an athlete who most likely has practice the next morning to go and party on a Monday night.

The ego matches the man's beard for sure but let's hope this is his last wake-up call for a player with potential before the Jets drop him off to another team just like the Browns did.

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