Last year, receiver Braylon Edwards sued a Michigan restaurant that claimed he was involved in an incident in which two members of his entourage allegedly attacked employees of the establishment with a knife and/or a fork.
Edwards alleged that a team was willing to give him $15 million guaranteed before the false contention, and that the unnamed team thereafter got cold feet.
He never named the team. Now, according to TMZ, Edwards has settled the case. And he’s not disclosing the amount.
It’s common in cases like this for the settlement paperwork to include a provision requiring the plaintiff to keep quiet about any money received. In this case, Edwards is creating the impression that the amount was significant by taking the position that he used the money to establish a scholarship fund for 100 kids.
Without knowing the amount of the settlement, it’s hard to assess whether Edwards was vindicated by the outcome. Much of it depends on whether a team was indeed willing to give him $15 million guaranteed but for the false allegations — and whether that team helped create a record of evidence confirming that in the litigation.
If there was such a team, it hasn’t changed its mind about Edwards. He continues to be unsigned after being released by the 49ers during the 2011 season.