Jets’ Edwards Admitted Drinks Before DWI Stop

NEW YORK (WFAN/1010 WINS/AP) — New York Jets star wide receiver Braylon Edwards told a police officer he’d been partying and drinking before being pulled over in his luxury SUV, but he suggested letting him leave the car and go home, prosecutors said as he was arraigned Tuesday on drunken-driving charges.

A solemn Edwards was released without bail in a case that could compound his legal troubles while he’s on probation after a fracas in Cleveland last year. He declined to discuss the drunken-driving arrest as he left a Manhattan courthouse, thronged by reporters.

“There will be plenty of time to talk. I’ll address everybody,” said Edwards, wearing a black T-shirt and fashionably torn gray jeans.

Defense lawyer Peter M. Frankel said Edwards was exhausted and focused on getting back to his team.

“Obviously, this is very difficult for him,” Frankel said. “Without question, absolutely, he understands the seriousness of the situation, and he is committed to getting back on the football field and doing what he does best for the Jets.”

A breath test showed Edwards had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne said officers on the lookout for such violations as overly tinted windows stopped Edwards because his Land Rover’s windows were too dark and then noticed a strong smell of alcohol.

Authorities said there were four other people in the SUV, and the Jets confirmed Tuesday that starting left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and defensive end Vernon Gholston were among them. Neither of those players was charged.

Edwards told an officer he’d had “a couple of drinks,” the last about an hour before, assistant district attorney Alyssa Gunther said.

“We were coming from a party. How about if I just leave the car and take a cab and go home?” he asked, according to Gunther.

Edwards also quizzed the officer about why he wasn’t first given a field sobriety test, saying “they do it in Michigan,” where he was a college standout, and questioned the basis for his arrest, Gunther said.

“Why was I stopped for having tints if my driving didn’t lead you to believe I was drunk driving?” Edwards asked, according to prosecutors.

It’s unclear where Edwards was coming from or going. Teammate Jerricho Cotchery told WFAN-AM Tuesday morning that Edwards and other Jets had attended a Manhattan event Monday night for Cotchery’s nonprofit foundation benefiting underprivileged youths.

Edwards was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and driving while impaired, a violation. He’s due back in court Nov. 9. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

While awaiting the outcome of the New York case, Edwards may have to return Cleveland to face a possible probation violation, which could carry jail time. The Cleveland Municipal Court judge handling his case has been notified of his New York arrest, court spokesman Ed Ferenc said.

In January, Edwards was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct; he’d been accused of punching a friend of NBA star LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub. The Cleveland Browns traded Edwards to the Jets two days after the October nightclub encounter.

Edwards also could be in line for an NFL suspension for violations of league policies on alcohol and player conduct but will be active for New York’s next game, at Miami on Sunday night.

The NFL had no comment, but Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Edwards had shown poor judgment.

“We are very disappointed in Braylon’s actions this morning,” Tannenbaum said in a statement. “We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures.”

Tannenbaum noted that the Jets provide players with the option of calling for a driver to take them home if they are out having drinks.

He said Edwards won’t start Sunday and how much he plays against the Dolphins will be up to his coach.

Edwards had a big game for the Jets in their 28-14 win over the New England Patriots last Sunday, catching five passes, including a touchdown and two-point conversion. He was penalized for taunting — he danced in front of the defensive back covering him — after his 10-yard TD catch, and coach Rex Ryan clearly wasn’t happy on the sideline, shaking his head.

The former first-round pick said during the Jets’ playoff run last season that he wanted to finish his career in New York. He signed a contract tender with the Jets in March worth $6.1 million and will be a free agent after this season.

Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton announced the news Tuesday morning on WFAN.

LISTEN: Boomer & Carton on Braylon’s arrest | WFAN’s Peter Schwartz
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“You make that kind of money, you should be getting yourself a designated driver,” said Boomer. “Get a limo, whatever, you make enough money.”

According to Carton, “Same old Jets.”

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  • Mike

    As a jet fan , i cant stand this player personnel philosophy that they have taken on. In one 2 week period we have all kinds of off the field issues from woman reporters being harassed to being trash talking players who didnt put their money where their mouths were, to this joke of a person who wont do what any other sensible responsible person would do and pay some of his millions for car service. The jets let character guys like Faneca and Thomas Jones go, and then bring in the cream of the crop with Edwards last season and Santonio Holmes this year. We shouldnt be surprised when the next shoe drops, cause with this crew and a upper management team its only a matter of time. Of course they are going to let Braylon play Sunday, they have to back this joke they brought in.

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  • wil1graham

    most drinkers dive drunk … its a fact

  • wil1graham

    whats the big deal … fat boy mike on the fan is a big blow hard

  • not a francesser fan

    Thank you

  • Not a francesser fan

    Can his High Holiness Pope Pompous Ass please state Braylon Edwards Alcohol level correctly? Its .16 not 1.6 as his master of all sports has been saying all day

  • Giants Fan

    Throw the book at him, he should easily be suspended for the rest of the season. Make an example of him, just like Dante Stallworth. This is a serious crime and he needs to learn the consequences for this action. Not that he will actually learn from this.

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  • Larry

    why not just take him home??? Its thoughts like that that fuel this kind of stupid behavior. Very stupid jet…..Very stupid fan, you deserve each other. Would you feel he should be taken home if he killed a family member of yours????

  • Al

    Mybe he can be Plaxico’s roomy in prison!

  • Al

    Maybe he can be Plaxico’s roomey

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  • Larry

    Another example of thugs playing sports. A brain dead moron, can’t think that he shouldn’t drive after drinking for several hours. Twice the legal limit of alcohol, he should be suspended without pay and then the jets should release him. Again he has shown he doesn’t deserve the opportunity to play professional sports. GREAT JOB NYPD!!! NO SPEACIAL TREATMENT. At least he won’t kill anyone today!!!

  • Connecticut Fan

    Edwards should receive no special treatment from the NYPD. He failed the breatjolizer test and must suffer the consequences of his actions. Athletesin general receive too many special accommodations already. Just think of consequences if the NYPD had not stopped him!

  • Ken

    Just another high paid THUG !

    • Kenny Lopez

      Was Tony La Russa “Just another high paid THUG” when he was pulled over in Jupiter, FL for drunk driving? How about Mel Gibson? Jim Leyritz? When it’s a black guy, he’s a thug. When it’s a white guy, he’s got issues with alcohol and needs to be checked into a rehab center.

  • Jim Davis

    Jim D.
    Same old Jets……..good to great athletes………not so great principles and certainly not a lot of brains. A real Jock team for the most part.

  • chris rosado

    First Revis now this I think the jets are gonna just ruin themselves ! thanks NYPD couldn’t u just have taken him home ?

    • patrick d

      Just taken him home? He is no different than any other moron who drives after drinking. I am a Jets fan, But this is serious business. He could have killed someone. He deserved to be arrested. Thank you NYPD for not giving him special treatment.

  • Michael Oefelein

    This just shows that if this lowlife couldn’t play football that he would be just another commoncriminal

  • John G

    WOW..Braylon even drops the ball when he’s off the field..What a TOOL!!!

  • E. Narvaez

    As always the jets take one step forward to take two steps back.

  • Mike Diaz

    Wow!!! Why do these dudes drive when they go party!!!!????? It boggles the mind!!!

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  • Phil Sanchez


    • P. Jack Driscoll

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Say a prayer for the guy.

    • Philip Pizzuto

      Why can’t teams simply enforce a don’t drink and drive policy. They can demand that players contribute some of their hefty salaries towards a cab/car ride bank. This way, when a player feels he needs to drink, he can call for a free cab ride home. If he chooses not to and gets a DWI charge, he will forfeit his salary—period.

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