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Braylon sues Michigan restaurant for slander

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While 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards was looking for a job after his contract with the Jets expired, two members of his entourage found themselves accused of knifing and/or forking two employees at a restaurant in Michigan.

Though initial reports cleared Edwards of any involvement, the restaurant issued a statement implicating the former Wolverine:  “Braylon Edwards was present and involved, but it’s an ongoing police investigation so at this time we don’t have any further information.”

Edwards never was charged, but now Edwards is taking action.  According to the Associated Press, Edwards has sued the restaurant and three of its employees for slander, claiming that the false allegations prompted an unnamed team that had offered him a contract with $15 million guaranteed to acquire a case of cold feet in response to the contention that Edwards had a role in the incident.

Ordinarily, defamation cases are difficult for folks with a history of bad behavior, since the measure of damages comes from comparing the reputation before the false statements to the reputation after the false statements.  That’s probably why, for example, Pacman Jones never made good on a threat to sue ESPN for claiming that he instigated another shooting in a Vegas strip club.

In this case, Edwards may be onto something.  If he can prove that there was a team who had offered that money, that the team pulled the offer after the restaurant claimed that Edwards “was present and involved” in the incident, and that the allegation was false, Edwards could prevail.

The challenge, of course, will be to squeeze the $14 million out of the restaurant and its employees.  Maybe, in the end, he’ll simply own the restaurant.

And maybe Pacman Jones can instigate a shooting there.

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44 Responses to “Braylon sues Michigan restaurant for slander”
  1. m2karateman says: Sep 14, 2011 4:14 PM

    Simply because he was cleared of charges, doesn’t mean Edwards wasn’t present and involved.

    Stay classy, Braylon…..and stay the Hell out of Michigan.

  2. medtxpack says: Sep 14, 2011 4:15 PM

    “The challenge, of course, will be to squeeze the $14 million out of the restaurant and its employees. Maybe, in the end, he’ll simply own the restaurant.

    And maybe Pacman Jones can instigate a shooting there.”

    THIS IS WHY I ENJOY PFT…

  3. weightshakes says: Sep 14, 2011 4:15 PM

    Braylon Edwards should sue Braylon Edwards for earning the loss of $15 million guaranteed.

  4. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 14, 2011 4:17 PM

    He’s just upset that when he applied for a serving job he dropped the tray and had to walk.

  5. vernhh says: Sep 14, 2011 4:18 PM

    Edwards would need the unnamed NFL team to back him up and state for the record that this was the reason, and the only reason, they passed on him.
    LOL

  6. favreforever says: Sep 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    What’s the beef, Bray On?

  7. qdog112 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:25 PM

    Good luck. I hope he wins and takes the restaurant.

  8. favreforever says: Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM

    “Mmmmm….lemme see….I think I’ll have the cash on hand. The equipment and assets look nice today. The building and the property it rests on as a main course. For later, can you bring me any future revenue you might generate as well? Oh, and would you make that to go?”.

  9. wawa33 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM

    Knifing/forking? Are you kidding me?

  10. essentialsausage says: Sep 14, 2011 4:34 PM

    In defamation suits, you have to prove that the person defaming you purposely disseminated false information about you in order to destroy your reputation. The restaurant probably thought Braylon WAS “present and involved” in the incident.

  11. managod777 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:35 PM

    If it’s the way he said it happened I hope he wins. People will stop piling on and just stick to the facts at hand, realizing that they can lose their livelihood if they go too far.

  12. malignantsociety says: Sep 14, 2011 4:38 PM

    This guy’s ego is so big. He can never own up to his own incompetence. He blames everyone but himself.

    Maybe the GM of that team was an OSU fan and rescinded the contract off when he realized Braylon had played for Michigan.

    Maybe it was the DUIs… or punching LeBron’s friend… or all the dropped passes… or maybe it’s the diva attitude that gave the team (if there even was a team) cold feet.

  13. pacificamjr says: Sep 14, 2011 4:39 PM

    The defense will move to dismiss this frivolous lawsuit pretty quickly… and they will succeed. Look for the defense to be awarded attorney fees as well!

  14. suresk says: Sep 14, 2011 4:41 PM

    Well, to be fair, Braylon had a knife in his hand and was all ready to join in said knifing/forking.

    But then he dropped it.

  15. jakek2 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    If “forking” is a crime, Braylon doesn’t have to prove damages under the theory of defamation per se. Damages are presumed.

    Separately, if “forking” is a crime, the Eagles’ organization should be found guilty as charged. They’ve been “forking” their fans for years.

  16. westnorthcoast says: Sep 14, 2011 4:44 PM

    Michigan grad?? Hard to believe he represents the school. He has made several past mistakes and this is what can happen when you are at the wrong place at the wrong time. Unable to sign for the $ 15mil is a hard pill to swallow should he get injured.

  17. Soulman45 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:44 PM

    Will he serve Soul Food?

  18. pir8life says: Sep 14, 2011 4:46 PM

    wawa33 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM
    Knifing/forking? Are you kidding me?

    —————————————

    They were out of spoons.

  19. ernestbynershands says: Sep 14, 2011 4:59 PM

    Edwards is a prima donna. No jury would award him any $$.
    What a Douche.
    Signed,
    LeBron

  20. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 14, 2011 5:01 PM

    wawa33 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM
    Knifing/forking? Are you kidding me?

    ============
    Were you looking for spooning?

  21. waitingguilty says: Sep 14, 2011 5:04 PM

    I was able to obtain a copy of the lawsuit. It opens by saying…

    “Knife and or Fork? You’re waaaaaaaaayyyyy off. My client’s associates merely used an implement commonly referred to as a ‘SPORK’. Since ‘Sporking’ someone is altogether different than knifing or even forking, we request $14 million in damages.”

  22. rc33 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    Defamation?
    Good Luck..

    Any of you “litigators” out there understand how easy it is to win one of those?
    He’s hoping for a settlement.
    My guess is one free lunch should cover it.

  23. citiciti says: Sep 14, 2011 5:11 PM

    Yo-Yo-Yo- Bray Bray- Still making friends I see.Better take that free education you got and figure out why everyone else is wrong and not YOU.Just another waste of talent.
    Your fans in,
    Michigan
    Cleveland
    N.Y
    and soon to be San Fran.

  24. depotnator says: Sep 14, 2011 5:11 PM

    According to the previous report of very same author of this thread, “…employees of the bar privately told Grossman that Edwards was encouraging his cousins to fight. Also present at the time was former Wolverine star and NBA star (and ESPN employee) Jalen Rose, who reportedly tried to stop the fight.”

    Seems that there would be plenty of witnesses to support the owner that Edwards was present and involved.

  25. favreforever says: Sep 14, 2011 5:14 PM

    Slander and too much salt.

  26. capslockkey says: Sep 14, 2011 5:17 PM

    He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He’s already got a well earned bad reputation, and it’s not like he didn’t get employment. Also, good luck proving in court that a team had a contract on the table but pulled it back because of that incident.

  27. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 5:19 PM

    Good for Braylon! It doesn’t matter if he profits from the suit. Maybe it will discourage other people from slinging BS in an attempt to profit from celebrities.

  28. discosucs2005 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:22 PM

    Was it the Raiders? It must have been the Raiders? $15 Million? Yeah, definitely the Raiders.

  29. Land Snark says: Sep 14, 2011 5:23 PM

    “nflofficeadmin says:
    Sep 14, 2011 5:01 PM
    wawa33 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM
    Knifing/forking? Are you kidding me?

    ============
    Were you looking for spooning?”

    Don’t make offers like that. He might take it the wrong way.

  30. mel1sharples says: Sep 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    What was said? Edwards is a great receiver? I’d sue too!

  31. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 14, 2011 5:59 PM

    I wish Michigan could somehow disassociate itself with all previous association with this turd. If your and NFL player out on the town and a member of your entourage stabs/forks someone YOU ARE INVOLVED.

  32. goldrush36 says: Sep 14, 2011 6:12 PM

    Just shut up and earn that 1 mil york is paying you. Regardless of him being a tool. This was an ultra discount. Look up one Michael Crabtree for the opposite of bargain

  33. jpb12 says: Sep 14, 2011 6:18 PM

    Way to put it behind you.
    Can’t wait for his next tweet

  34. goldrush36 says: Sep 14, 2011 6:57 PM

    IF and it’s a colossal IF Braylon wasn’t actually involved or there, the false accusation could’ve caused him irreparable harm. The problem here is I doubt the “IF” will ever come to fruition. Even if it did, there is no way you are gonna get the Eagles or Raiders to admit they were about to give this guy $15m in guaranteed money. Lol just kidding, I had to throw that in there, but if there really was a team there is no way they are admitting to it. The fact that he signed in SF for a $1m non guaranteed base salary with additional incentives there’s no way he’ll ever realistically reach leads me to believe it’s a bluff. Either that or he is sincerely hoping to build his image and earn a long term deal in SF or elsewhere at the end of the year

  35. richm2256 says: Sep 14, 2011 7:13 PM

    I’m sorry Mike, I thought you used to be a lawyer, one who would recognize that Edwards has no chance in hell of succeeding with this suit.

    1) No team ever offered him that kind of money

    2) If they did, they very likely wouldn’t have backed out over an incident like this

    3) If they did, there’s no way in hell they’ll testify to that

    4) Braylon Edwards was there, these people were in his party, ergo, he WAS “involved”

    5) “He’s Braylon Freakin’ Edwards” is all a jury will need to hear, to acquit the restaurant owners. Trouble follows trouble, as it is said.

  36. vdogg says: Sep 14, 2011 7:45 PM

    The NFL should sue him for fraud…..isnt he supposed to be someone who is paid to actually catch the ball when thrown to him?

  37. frankrizzo51 says: Sep 14, 2011 8:01 PM

    Hoping for a settlement?

    How much can you get from a fry cook, a waitress and a bartender?

    Learn how to act in public and then teach your “posse” how to also.

    If you don’t act like an animal, you don’t get treated like one.

  38. david7590 says: Sep 14, 2011 8:28 PM

    What a turd

  39. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 8:51 PM

    @richm2256 …

    Mike wasn’t a plaintiff’s attorney. They’re not all interchangeable, you know. And they don’t “acquit” in matters like this. They find in favor of one party or the other. How on earth do you know no team made him an offer? How do you know a team wouldn’t pull an offer over something like that? That sounds reasonable. Besides, plaintiff’s attorneys can make almost anything sound reasonable–that’s what they do. That’s why juries award big sums for all kinds of bizarre reasons.

    I’d be surprised if it went anywhere, too. And maybe the guy is a big ol’ jerk. But it still doesn’t hurt for the shoe to be on the other foot once in a while.

  40. papertiger418 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:00 PM

    Not sure if this has been said yet, but…are you forking kidding me!?

  41. yajas says: Sep 14, 2011 9:14 PM

    I can’t believe nobody has said it yet:

    He’ll drop the lawsuit.

  42. johnnyshore says: Sep 14, 2011 10:32 PM

    As a 49ers fan, it’s hard to root for a guy with a troubled history like this…Then again, it could be worse. I could be a fan of either team in PA and have to root for a scumbag of a QB.

  43. j98me2 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:30 PM

    Has anyone considered that the lawsuit may be a defensive tactic. Perhaps he is worried about the employees suing him.

    Also why does a team have to admit they made the offer. All it would take is an two emails to his agent. One before the incident date and one after. Even if the second didn’t list a reason. I bet a good Attorney could get some milage out of that.

    Last all the idiots who are so sure he was or wasn’t involved crack me up. How the hell do you know were you there?

  44. discosucs2005 says: Sep 16, 2011 5:14 AM

    @richm2256

    Someone is a legal genius.

    “I’m sorry Mike, I thought you used to be a lawyer, one who would recognize that Edwards has no chance in hell of succeeding with this suit.

    “1) No team ever offered him that kind of money”

    It’s not impossible and he doesn’t even need an email from a team saying “we’ll give you this much.”

    “2) If they did, they very likely wouldn’t have backed out over an incident like this”

    That’s just stupid.

    “3) If they did, there’s no way in hell they’ll testify to that”

    There is so much wrong with this I don’t even know where to start. I’ll just say that I think you get your legal background from Law and Order.

    “4) Braylon Edwards was there, these people were in his party, ergo, he WAS “involved”

    Again, I don’t know how you wrote this and thought it was correct. Involved implied involved in the altercation. If he wasn’t involved in the altercation and they know he wasn’t involved, and they said it anyway, than that is slander.

    “5) “He’s Braylon Freakin’ Edwards” is all a jury will need to hear, to acquit the restaurant owners. Trouble follows trouble, as it is said.”

    That’s definitely not how this works, but you keep living in your dream world where Big Ben and Casey Anthony are automatically guilty of anything they are accused of.

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