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Weekend Winner: Braylon Edwards Puts Off Judgment Day

Remember that DWI charge, which Braylon Edwards wasn't punished for because the Jets and the league say they can't do anything until he has his day in court? It's been pushed back, again. The Manhattan District Attorney works slower than Roger Goodell.

Edwards was busted for blowing a .16, twice the legal limit, way back on September 21. That was just a day after week 2. His court date was scheduled for early November, which would surely give him enough time to plead his case, and should he have been found guilty, for the league to suspend and/or fine him as per the almighty Personal Conduct Policy.


But the case was adjourned until January 11th. At the time, Edwards's attorney said this was standard, and in no way was Braylon getting to put it off until the offseason: "The schedule reflects what's normally done in most criminal cases. I can tell you without hesitation it's not getting any special treatment."

We believed that line then. Certainly, none of us would be able to get out of a court date because we had important stuff to do at our job. But lo and behold, January 11th is tomorrow! I'm sure both sides have had time to prepare, especially since back in November Edwards's attorney said "he and the DA's office have been communicating well and sharing discovery information."


Well, no. The court date has been moved again, this time until March, because — says Edwards's attorney — the two sides are still dealing with discovery issues. And once again, he would like to remind you, this is normal and not reflective of any special treatment.

So the Jets say they can't punish Edwards until he's found guilty (even though they benched him for a whole quarter for missing curfew that night), and the league says the same (even though we can name more than a few instances of suspending players that never even saw the inside of the courtroom). And, of course, Edwards's attorney and the Manhattan DA have made sure that workplace discipline can't occur until the workplace shutters for the year. So much for that Sixth Amendment.

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