Authorities say New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been charged with misdemeanor assault for punching a man outside a Cleveland nightclub.
Cleveland city prosecutor Victor Perez filed the charge Monday. It carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17 in Cleveland Municipal Court.
Patrick D’Angelo, an attorney for Edwards, says his client will enter a plea of not guilty.
Edwards is accused of punching promoter Edward Givens, a friend of NBA star LeBron James, following an argument Oct. 5. Two days later, the Browns traded Edwards to the Jets.
The Jets issued a statement saying the team was aware of the allegations prior to the trade and will allow the legal process to run its course. An NFL spokesman told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the league will review the matter.
He’ll probly plea down to something less and do probation or pay fines and do community service if they can commute the sentence to his new city of residency.
I dunno… I might even take it to trial were I him, it sounds like it’s his word against the other guy’s. What is the evidence? How strong is the case?
If I’m Braylon, I’m asking why the hell I’m putting myself in situations like this. WHY WHY WHY.
Maybe the team and environment was toxic, he seems to be performing at his expected stellar level in New York.