NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jets free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards is no stranger to controversy.
On probation after pleading guilty to a DWI charge in Manhattan, Edwards was reportedly involved in a Birmingham, Michigan bar fight on Monday that left two bouncers with minor injuries.
Edwards’ cousins, Edmund and Tre Wright, were arrested and charged with felonious assault. One injured bouncer was stabbed in the hand with a pocketknife, the other was wounded in the neck with a fork.
“Privately, employees at South Bar said Edwards was spurring on his cousins rather than trying to get them to stop fighting,” wrote the Gannett’s Observer & Eccentric newspaper.
“It’s our understanding these two people were with him,” Birmingham Deputy Police Chief Mark Clemence said on Tuesday. “As far as the Birmingham Police are concerned, he’s a non factor in the incident. His name is not mentioned in any of the police reports.”
On Wednesday, police painted a slightly different picture.
“The officers were taking the suspects into custody and by the time they returned to the bar to get statements, everyone was gone,” a police spokesman, Commander Terry Kiernan, said. “As time went on, we started hearing other people were involved in this.”
According to the Observer & Eccentric, South Bar released a statement that implicates Edwards: “Braylon Edwards was present and involved, but it’s an ongoing police investigation so at this time we don’t have any further information.”
Edwards reportedly tweeted “Damn. Get ya knuckles ready” and “Don’t fight if. You don’t know how” during the time of the incident. Those posts were deleted by the wide receiver.
“Yo…Lost my phone last night someone sent tweets,” he later tweeted. “Deleted them and changed my password. Sorry for the mishap hopefully never happens again!”
Edwards is also on probation in Ohio. His 18-month probation sentence for punching a friend of LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub was extended by one year earlier this month. It was during his original probation period that Edwards was charged with DWI in Manhattan.
Also according to the report, former Knicks guard Jalen Rose was present — and tried to break up the fight.
“Jalen was a true gentleman,” one witness told the paper. “He saw what was going on and he walked right up and tried to stop it.”
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