Braylon Edwards, a former NFL star receiver, was arrested May 4 on a drunk driving charge — the second DUI arrest in the past five years for the 32-year-old who last played pro football in 2012, TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday. Edwards was also the target of battery allegations in 2009 and 2013 after allegedly attacking other men at two separate nightclubs.
According to the reports, Edwards latest arrest could not simply bring a DUI charge, but what in Arizona is categorized as an “extreme DUI” charge, because the former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns star was allegedly recorded with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15.
In fact, Edwards had a blood alcohol level of 0.2, according to the media reports. That’s 2.5 times the legal limit in Arizona, and in most states, of 0.08.
Edwards spent 10 seasons in the NFL after starring at the University of Michigan. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the third overall pick in the 2005 draft. He played with the Browns into the 2009 season, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2007, the only year in which he recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving.
On October 7 of that 2009 season, Edwards was traded by Cleveland to the New York Jets, remaining with the New York team through 2010, and returning briefly to the Jets in 2012 before finishing his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
On May 5, the day after his reported DUI arrest, Edwards posted an Instagram picture of himself “in the desert working.” The picture showed Edwards along with former Olympian Dwight Stones apparently working for the PAC 12 TV network, providing TV coverage of the PAC 12 “Duel In the Desert” track and field event.
In addition to starring in football, Edwards also starred as a sprinter on the University of Michigan track team.
While still on the Jets roster, Edwards was arrested in 2010 on a DUI charge after police pulled him over for driving a Range Rover with illegally tinted windows. But police believed they smelled alcohol, and Edwards recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.16, again twice the legal limit.
The 2013 alleged battery incident was caught on video, but Edwards claimed that the video did not show a violent assault.
“The reports are blasphemy. Was joking with friends and a guy was filming us. I asked him to delete it, he said no. He wasn’t harmed at all,” Braylon Edwards said on his Twitter account at the time. Edwards was not arrested in connection with that incident. But he was charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a 2009 incident, in which he punched a man outside a club.
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