Braylon apparently will try the antibiotics defense

Earlier this week, we heard vague references to the possibility that the 0.16 percent blood alcohol concentration measured in the breath of Jets receiver Braylon Edwards may not have been accurate.  (We were assuming that he’d blame it on beard interference with the breath-testing apparatus.)

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Edwards apparently plans to float the notion that he was taking antibiotics, and that the antibiotics may have affected the BAC reading.

Schefter says it’s possible that the antibiotics skewed the test result.  But Edwards will need something stronger than a spitballed possibility in order to create reasonable doubt as to the validity of the 0.16 percent reading that he generated.  Our initial research indicates that a certain type of antibiotic (erthtromycin) can increase alcohol absorption, and thus increase BAC levels, by accelerating gastric emptying.  This would result in the patient becoming drunker based on consuming a smaller amount of alcohol.

But we’ve seen nothing to suggest that antibiotics will make the number incorrect.

Besides, why in the hell is the guy drinking at all if he’s taking antibiotics?

21 responses to “Braylon apparently will try the antibiotics defense

  1. He was photographed earlier in the day double fisting it. This defense also admits to the fact he was drinking. Regardless of how much he drank, that violates his probation.

  2. What? Lord Florio has proclaimed himself judge, jury and executioner in regards to Edwards, and now there seems there could be a kink in the armor?
    Funny how I said the day this happened that the Jets didn’t dare do anything to him until and if he was PROVEN to have done anything wrong.
    Case pending, deal with it PFT!

  3. he says he was full of antibiotics, he is really full of sh**. I am still waiting to see how he tries to blame cleveland, and how mommy will make his defence

  4. “This would result in the patient becoming drunker based on consuming a smaller amount of alcohol.”
    Drunk is drunk, regardless of how much alcohol it took to get him in that state.

  5. How is antibiotics a defense? It said it makes you drunk quicker, so either way, he was still as drunk as he was! Maybe there was still some booze on his beard that added to the BAC level. Dope!

  6. Alcohol is almost completely absorbed by your GI system anyway, so by decreasing gastric emptying time (which erythromycin can do to some extent), you wouldn’t increase the extent of your drunkenness, just how quickly it can occur (ie. after 30mins instead of 1hr). You still have to drink the alcohol to actually get alcohol in your system.
    The number will still be accurate, and it will still be a reflection of being impaired.

  7. “Besides, why in the hell is the guy drinking at all if he’s taking antibiotics?”
    This makes no sense. Doesn’t everybody wash down their antibiotics with beer like I do?

  8. > a certain type of antibiotic (erthtromycin) can increase alcohol absorption, and thus increase BAC levels, by accelerating gastric emptying
    Big F—— Deal. Impairment is about alcohol in the blood. He had to drink it first for it to get there.

  9. he says he was full of antibiotics, we know what he is full of. I am waiting to see how he blames cleveland. I am also waiting for mom to make an excuse

  10. (We were assuming that he’d blame it on beard interference with the breath-testing apparatus.)
    Florio, stick to being serious because you are not funny. Thanks.

  11. Alcohol renders the antibiotics useless. Doctor 101 stuff. They tell you not to drink.
    Those who drink while taking antibiotics are usually alcoholics.
    So basically he is an idiot or a drunk or both…

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