Braylon Edwards of the New York Jets Should Have Just Dropped the Keys

Mike StainkampContributor ISeptember 23, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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From his days in Cleveland, Braylon Edwards was known for his drops more than his catches.

He should have reverted back to his old ways and simply dropped the keys early Tuesday morning before he was pulled over for overly tinted windows, resulting somehow in a Breathalyzer test and Edwards blowing a reported blood alcohol content of .16, twice the legal limit.

Edwards was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Reports say that teammates Vernon Gholston and D’Brickashaw Ferguson were in the car with Edwards during the time of the arrest but have not been charged in the case.

There are plenty of ways to get home, especially for a professional athlete. The Jets have a Player Protect program in place that provides players with a means of getting home in instances such as this one. There is also the old-fashioned New York City taxi service, or even letting one of the two presumably sober teammates drive the car.

Who knows what was going through Edwards's head when he decided to get behind the wheel of a car and endanger himself, his teammates, and anyone else near him on the road that night?

One of the reasons Edwards was traded from the Browns to the Jets was because of an incident in which he allegedly got into a fight outside a night club with a friend of then-Cavaliers star LeBron James.

This offseason, the Jets received criticism for bringing in players that have had off the field issues in the past. Santonio Holmes is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, as is Antonio Cromartie.

Edwards should have used better judgment in this case. I understand his judgment was impaired because of the alcohol, but that's no excuse. Edwards should have dropped the keys, just like he is used to dropping passes.