Florham Park, NJ – After his Tuesday morning arrest for DWI while driving his SUV through Manhattan, Jets wide receiverBraylon Edwards addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon. Edwards was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan for the charge but practiced with the Jets on Wednesday morning. After stretching and position drills, he hit the field with the second-team unit.
Edwards, who started the first two regular season games of the season, was blunt in his assessment of the situation.
“It’s been interesting to say the least, there hasn’t been a lot of sleep,” Edwards said of the last 24 hours.
Traded to the Jets in a deal with Clevelenad last fall, Edwards struck a conciliatory tone in his remarks and apologized to the fans for his actions. He was guarded in his overall responses due to the fact that he is now in a “pending legal matter.”
More than the personal embarrassment and possible legal action, Edwards said he was saddened about the distraction he’s created in the Jets locker room.
“I didn’t want to put our team in this position,” Edwards said. “I’m definitely most apologetic for this [being a ] distraction.”
While he didn’t meet with the entire team, Edwards said he did address individual players “and groups of players” to talk about the incident.
Head coach Rex Ryan said that Edwards will not start when the Jets travel to Miami this Sunday to play the Dolphins. He hinted that Edwards will most likely play, but said that a decision would be coming “later in the week.”
“That’s the decision that came from [general manager] Mike [Tannenbaum] and Rex,” Edwards said. “I support their decision.”
Edwards said that he was aware of the Player Protect program which the Jets use to shuttle and provide security services for members of the organization. When questioned why he did not utilize the services, Edwards said he usually employs his own car service and driver. In fact, his trip to Manhattan, he says, is just the “third time ever driving in the city.”
He said that the entirety of the situation “sucked” and that the last 24 hours have been difficult for him but he believes that he and the team can overcome this situation.
“We’re a strong team, this is something we can overcome,” Edwards said.
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