Braylon Edwards wasn’t arrested for his alleged punch of LeBron James’ buddy Monday morning, but the incident could still prove costly for the Browns receiver — beyond losing what fans he has left in Cleveland.
The NFL is investigating whether Edwards could have violated the league’s conduct policy, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
It’s unclear if Edwards would be considered a repeat offender under the league’s policy; he was found guilty last year of driving 120 miles per hour, but he otherwise hasn’t had serious off-field problems.
Whether the league gets involved or not, the incident could amplify Edwards’ poor production since 2007. Edwards had the same number of receptions as LeBron Sunday, while rookie Mohammad Massaquoi grabbed eight passes for 148 yards.
The league’s quick involvement in Edwards’ case could also cause some to question whether there is indeed a double standard when it comes to players faced with charges of assault, and coaches.
As Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports pointed out in an excellent piece this week, the league either hasn’t aggressively investigated Cable’s case yet or the league hasn’t done it publicly.