Braylon Edwards suspended by BTN, takes to Twitter to ‘apologize’

Former University of Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards found himself in the headlines following Michigan’s 24-17 loss to the University of Notre Dame. Now, he’s learned what repercussions he faces for his actions on social media.

The tweet that began the ordeal for Edwards, which has since been deleted, read “(Cesar) Ruiz is weak, line is weak, shea (Patterson) is scared, (expletive) Michigan offense is so predictable…..Michigan football is sadly one thing……Trash.”

In response to Edwards, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said the following:

“No. 1, first of all, (what he said) is not true. It’s not factual. There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team. Let alone the two players he described,” Harbaugh said. “On another level, it’s disappointing that a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.”

Since the announcement of his suspension from the Big Ten Network, Edwards has again taken to Twitter to clear the air on some of his feelings:

I would like to address the tweet from this past Saturday. I should not have attacked Ruiz and Patterson that hard or period individually. I apologize as a former student athlete and NCAA analyst. With that being said UM football still needs to step up so no apologies there.

“At the end of the day we’re college students, we’re college football players. We love what we do and we take it to heart,” Michigan junior defensive end Rashan Gary told the Detroit Free Press. “I didn’t see the tweet, but to take shots at a player and you’re a grown man, I don’t think that’s cool.”

Edwards was an All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner in 2004 (nation’s top wide receiver). He is still the all-time leader in catches (252), receiving yards (3,541), and receiving touchdowns (39).

Although Edwards’ comments have landed him in hot water, Saturday’s defeat was indeed Michigan’s 17th consecutive road loss against a ranked opponent. Harbaugh has been at the helm for the last four such games, although that does not account for games played at a neutral site.