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Edwards charged with assault

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 26, 2009

Former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards was charged Monday with one criminal count of misdemeanor assault by the City of Cleveland Prosecutor's Office.

According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, the first degree misdemeanor can carry up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Now with the New York Jets, Edwards had been accused of punching promoter Edward Givens, a friend of LeBron James, outside the View Ultralounge and Nightclub on Prospect Ave. about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 5.

The NFL is also investigating the incident to see if Edwards violated its personal conduct policy. Edwards was traded to the Jets two days after the altercation.

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets did not seem concerned by the charges.

"The team was aware of these allegations prior to acquiring Braylon from Cleveland. He has been cooperative with authorities and we will allow the legal process to run its course," the statement read, according to the Daily News.

Depending on negotiations to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Edwards could be an unrestricted free agent after his season.

Thomas Stacho, a spokesman for the Cleveland Police Department, said the incident report, filed by an off-duty Cleveland police officer working at the nightclub, said Edwards ''punched (Givens) with a closed fist in the left side of his face.''

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