So much for his innocence.
New York Jets free agent Braylon Edwards pleaded guilty in New York court this morning to driving while intoxicated.
“I feel good. I feel like it came to a fair conclusion,” Edwards said as a he left the Manhattan court.
Edwards will pay a fine and remain in the NFL substance abuse counseling program he’s been in since October. In addition, his drivers’ license will be suspended for six months, and he’ll have to install a breathylzer device in his car that prevents the car from operating unless the driver is not under the influence.
“We’re happy that it’s past us, and now it’s really time to focus on football again,” he said.
Now that his legal troubles appear over, the issue becomes whether the NFL will suspend Edwards for his behavior. In addition, Edwards is already on probation for a January 2010 incident in Cleveland where he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct. Edwards had been accused of punching a friend of NBA star LeBron James outside a nightclub.
Edwards was pulled over in Manhattan on Sept. 21, 2010 in the early morning for having his windows on his car too dark. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and defensive end Vernon Gholston were among the passengers in the car.
While Edwards’ blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, he apparently asked the police if they could help him out. “We were coming from a party. How about if I just leave the car and take a cab and go home?” he asked, according to prosecutors.
Depending on what action the NFL takes, this could be the final nail in his coffin as a Jet, unless he takes a big paycut to remain with the team, who has not denied the fact that fellow WR Santonio Holmes is the teams number 1 option at this point.