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Jets WR Edwards will plead not guilty to Cleveland assault charge

  • By Associated Press
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CLEVELAND -- Former Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been charged with misdemeanor assault over accusations he punched a man outside a Cleveland nightclub, an incident that prompted his trade to the New York Jets.

Braylon Edwards , WR
New York Jets

2009 Statistics
Receptions: 19
Yards: 257
Touchdowns: 1

Cleveland city prosecutor Victor Perez filed the charge against Edwards on Monday, and it carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. An arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 17 in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Patrick D'Angelo, an attorney for Edwards, said his client will plead not guilty.

The Jets said in a statement that the team was aware of the allegations before the trade and will allow the legal process to run its course.

Edwards is accused of punching promoter Edward Givens, a friend of NBA superstar LeBron James, following an Oct. 5 argument on the sidewalk outside View Ultralounge Nightclub on Prospect Avenue. James called Edwards' actions "childish" and presumed the NFL player was jealous of him and his friends.

Two days later, Browns coach Eric Mangini traded Edwards to the Jets for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and two draft picks. Edwards also faces possible punishment from the NFL for violating its personal-conduct policy.

Edwards' Browns tenure was marked by incidents on and off the field, and the alleged assault was the last straw for Mangini. While with Cleveland, Edwards, who's in the final year of his contract, dropped passes, criticized the team's play-calling, argued with teammates and famously took a helicopter to the Ohio State-Michigan game in 2006 despite being told not to go.

Edwards also was out partying in March with teammate Donte' Stallworth, who later that night struck and killed a 59-year-old pedestrian while driving drunk in Miami. Stallworth is suspended for the season.

Edwards had five catches for 64 yards and one touchdown in his Jets debut, a 31-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 12. He has nine catches for 118 yards since joining the Jets.

Edwards made the Pro Bowl in 2007, when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Browns, who drafted him No. 3 overall out of Michigan in 2005.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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