Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Braylon Edwards arrest raises new issues
By Tim Graham
Two nights after Braylon Edwards turned in one of his best performances as a New York Jet, he embarrassed them.
Edwards was arrested for drunken driving early Tuesday morning. The New York Post reported Edwards' Range Rover was pulled over at 5:15 a.m. for having overly tinted windows. According to the Post, Edwards scored a .16 on a breathalyzer test.
Edwards had helped the Jets overcome a tumultuous week in which the organization was accused of being too undisciplined. The NFL investigated a highly publicized incident with a female reporter, a situation for which Jets owner Woody Johnson publicly apologized. Then they had a 15-flag loss to the Baltimore Ravens on opening night.
In Sunday's feel-good victory over the New England Patriots, he caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. He converted some critical third downs and caught a two-point conversion. He abused Patriots cornerback Darius Butler to the point Patriots coach Bill Belichick removed Butler from the game.
The Jets could bench Edwards and probably would be wise to do so in light of indications the organization lets its players get away with too much.
The NFL also could suspend Edwards if he already is in their substance-abuse program, which we would not know after the first offense because it's confidential for first-time offenders. The second offense carries a four-game suspension.
Jets receiver Santonio Holmes is halfway through his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, a sentence handed down when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"We are very disappointed in Braylon's actions this morning," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "The Player Protect program 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."
The Player Protect program provides rides for players when they've had too much to drink or find themselves in a bad situation.
Next up for the Jets are the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins are 2-0 and swept the season series over the Jets last year.