New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has bigger problems right now than not getting a game ball after Sunday's victory over New England. Edwards will be arraigned today following his early-morning arrest in New York City for allegedly driving under the influence.
There is the probable fine and possible suspension coming from the league, or maybe the Jets. There is the not so small matter of Edwards having quite possibly violated his probation stemming from a previous run-in with the law where he pled guilty to aggravated assault while a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Here is the Jets statement on Edwards.
"We are very disappointed in Braylon’s actions this morning," GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "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."
Jets coach Rex Ryan had already questioned Edwards' maturity following Sunday's game against the Patriots, in which Edwards was hit with a taunting penalty after catching a touchdown pass.
"I told him that he played a great game and we would have given him a game ball, but we didn't because of those things. I love the way he played. He was really into it, but you're killing us. You can't put the team in that kind of jeopardy. You're kicking off from the 15 (yard line)," Ryan said. "I appreciate how passionate he is, but you don't want to be selfish. That's basically what that is. He knows better than that. It's not the first time he's ever been in the end zone either. He knows."
Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn't. Apparently, though, the 27-year-old does not know how to maturely respond to criticism from his head coach.
By the way, someone should tell whoever is tweeting on Edwards' behalf that doing so while the man is in police custody is a pretty stupid idea.