...Sources: Braylon Edwards Attacked Michigan Bar Employee, Could Face Assault Charges
9 months ago:New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards leaves court, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
By Seth Pollack - Regional Sports Editor
According to an interview with two sources who were present that night, Braylon Edwards started the altercation that led to the arrests of two of his cousins for stabbing bouncers at the club. Edwards reportedly started a fight with a club bus boy.
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Aug 3, 2011 - What was originally reported as an altercation involving two of Braylon Edwards' associates in a Birmingham, Michigan bar late Sunday night, early Monday morning, is now believed to have been started by Edwards himself.
SB Nation Arizona spoke with two employees of the bar who were present during the fight but asked to remain anonymous due to a police request that witnesses not talk about the incident.
According to the sources, the original altercation started between Edwards' group of about 20 friends and about eight to 10 "known guys" from Detroit who frequent South Bar in Birmingham, a wealthy suburb of The Motor City.
Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was reported to be part of Edwards' group and while described as drunk, he apparently attempted to hold Edwards back and keep him from fighting.
The original altercation was said to have started when someone from Edwards' group "threw up" in the booth area of the group from Detroit.
Both sides came together but security at the club was able to separate the two sides before anything more happened. The group from Detroit agreed to leave out of respect to the establishment.
Edwards, however, was not ready to let the matter die.
According to both sources, he mistook a bus boy only identified as "Dave" for a bouncer and charged into the kitchen after him. Edwards reportedly tackled Dave (described as a big guy who looks like a linebacker) and the two exchanged blows before they were separated.
While Edwards and Dave were fighting, two of Edwards' cousins rushed into the kitchen. One produced a knife that he had been carrying and stabbed a bouncer in his back and his hand. The other grabbed a fork and stabbed a different bouncer in his neck and his head. These two cousins were arrested by police that night.
The bus boy who was reportedly assaulted by Edwards is said to be filing a report with the Birmingham Police Department, charging Edwards for assaulting him.
According to a story in the Detroit Free Press, the two arrested were Tre Lenard Wright, 19, of Detroit and his older brother, Edmund Jerrell Wright, 22, of Lathrup Village.
Requests for comment from the Birmingham Police Department have not yet been answered.
Edwards is on probation for a drunk driving conviction in New York. The free agent wide receiver is said to be a target for the Arizona Cardinals.