Edwards’ involvement in the night was learned Tuesday, when evidence was released after a public records request from the Associated Press.
“We’re friends. If he were anything outside himself, I would have told
him to stay here. He looked OK. He looked fine,” Edwards said in a
recorded statement to the police.
Edwards told the authorities how he and Stallworth had drinks earlier in the day at a hotel pool. They met up again after 2:00 a.m. and Stallworth admitted to taking shots of tequila.
“Three, four at the most,” Stallworth said. “I wasn’t really counting.”
When interviewed, Stallworth said he was not intoxicated. The toxicology analysis indicated Stallworth tested postive for marijuana, although Edwards and Stallworth didn’t mention using the substance. (Shocker.)
The other details from the night shine a light on the extravagant life of an NFL player, at least when that player was taken in the top three picks of the draft.
Edwards spent $3,443 at the club, including $1,500 on Perrier-Jouet Rose champagne and $695 on Grey Goose vodka. (No word on whether he dropped any of the bottles.)
Edwards has had difficulties with his image and can’t be thrilled this news is becoming public just before a contract year. Stallworth, currently serving a 30-day jail sentence for DUI manslaughter, has far greater problems.
It sounds like he realized it that night. Stallworth was already playing the “what if” game when thinking about Mario Reyes, the man he killed.
“If he would have completely stopped and not kept going . . . I don’t know
why he kept going,” Stallworth said, his voice reportedly trailing to a whisper.
“I don’t know. I should have just stayed home.”