The New York Jets have announced that wide receiver Braylon Edwards will be benched for the first quarter of tonight’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
Edwards was arrested and charged with drunk driving in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and in the days since then there’s been a raging debate about what, exactly, the Jets should do about it.
In a statement released by the team, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said, “We’ve made our disappointment clear to Braylon. Now he must deal with the consequences of his actions as the legal process runs its course, and the league will determine the appropriate discipline under the guidelines of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
The decision to bench Edwards for just 15 minutes of game time certainly won’t satisfy those who think the Jets should have cracked down on Edwards. On the other hand, plenty of players have been arrested for drunk driving and not been benched for any time at all.