Overtime: Braylon Edwards Sent Packing

By Melva N. Lloyd

The Cleveland Cavs should have Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” on repeat during their starting lineups for the upcoming season because it seems as though LeBron James is proving why he’s the king of Cleveland.  Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards epitomized bad press when he allegedly got into an altercation with Edward Givens outside of a Cleveland nightclub.  For a moment it just seemed like an argument between an NFL star and an innocent bystander, until we found out that the bystander was friends with future NBA hall-of-famer, LeBron James. 

 

Givens, who is just 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds, accused the 6-foot-3 athlete of punching him with a closed fist; causing a black eye and a cut above his eyebrow.  While James admits to never meeting Edwards before, he identified the cause of the situation as jealousy, telling ESPN that what Edwards did was “childish” and unnecessary.

On the heels of this fight came a trade for Braylon Edwards, sending him from the Browns to the New York Jets for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and an undisclosed amount of draft choices; and though it may look like James snapped his fingers and sent Edwards packing, that is far from the case.  Edwards has voiced his dissatisfaction with coach Eric Mangini for sometime now and his off-the-field antics only fueled the Browns’ front office to release him from his contract. The Michigan alum, who is in his fifth NFL season, has 10 receptions for 139 yards but was held to no catches for the first time in his career in the winless Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. 

Although Edwards has yet to be charged with a crime stemming from Sunday’s night incident, this is not the first time he has gotten into trouble.  In March he was partying with former teammate Donte Stallworth in Miami just hours before Stallworth drove drunk and killed a pedistrian.  Last Novemeber, Edwards was fined $150 and charged 30 hours of community service after he was found guilty of driving 120 mph.

Edwards makes his debut as a NY Jet (3-1) this Monday when they take on the Miami Dolphins (1-3) in the Land Shark Stadium.

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