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The Braylon I Thought I Knew

Braylon Edwards is lucky a team as good as the New York Jets has brought him in to help it; one hopes the move to a new team can also help him.

The episode that led him out of Cleveland, this alleged punching of a guy who is one of LeBron James' friends, is still confusing to me. I know Edwards a little bit socially. He's a presence in Cleveland and I've spent a lot of time in Cleveland the last four years covering LeBron and the Cavs.

Edwards isn't just friendly, he's engaging, open. I've spent a little time with him post-game. He's polite, welcoming. I was on an HBO panel with him one night when he was the peacemaker between a pair of media types who seemed ready to go at it. Even though Edwards' career has had its ups (2007) and downs (2008), he's one of those guys who walks right up, introduces himself, smiles and is always conversant...on anything.

That's totally at odds with what allegedly happened the other night in Cleveland. LeBron James has gone as far as to say Edwards is jealous and has some beef with him and his friends, which Edwards denies.

Maybe the change in locale will help Edwards, who has dropped more passes the last year-plus than just about any receiver in the league. He certainly has a lot to prove and the Jets certainly can use him. He's now going to have to re-establish himself on the field and off it. And New York isn't the place to slip up. ... I hope the kid I thought I knew will re-emerge.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  October 9, 2009; 6:49 AM ET  |  Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Ok Wilbon I’ll give this one for now and let’s hope that we will not have to revisit this story with a negative in the future.

The way Cleveland’s sports scene suck so bad it does not take much to be the “King of Cleveland” when you’re only sport’s star bring home a winning team. Still at least in Cleveland it was no secret that Braylon was not a happy drinker. It was not a secret in Florida either and if he does not question himself it may be a problem in New York too. Braylon I think I can speak for the city of Cleveland and say that we wish you luck and hope you do well in New York. A 3rd or maybe 2nd round draft pick would be good ways to let the fans in Cleveland know for sure that your talent is what walks the walk. Maybe you were misunderstood?

Whatever, Braylon dude take this 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or I don’t know how many chances and make the best of it. One would think what happened to Donte Stallworth would had sent a wakeup call and a change of attitude.

One more note:
King J is there not anyone in Cleveland that you don’t know? I’m asking just in case I cut one in the mens room and one of your entourage in the next stall. Hey with 2010 coming next year the last thing I want to do is get on your list and you leave the Cavs in 2011.

Until I crawl again from the behind the light switch… your roach, MaD2upa.

Posted by: MaD2upa | October 9, 2009 8:50 PM
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Deloh is correct -- Wilbon emailed this to Cindy, and she posted. We have fixed it to show it's his words. Sorry for the confusion.

Jon DeNunzio

Posted by: jondenunzio | October 9, 2009 12:16 PM
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The guess here is that Wilbon is out of town,(not on PTI set) he sent to Cindy, she posted it for him, ipso facto, Cindy's name.

Posted by: delOH | October 9, 2009 10:46 AM
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Why is Cindy posting in *Wilbon's* World?

Posted by: tundey | October 9, 2009 7:56 AM
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