By Mary Paoletti
To his credit, Braylon Edwards has never claimed to be a smart man.
It might be the brightest move he's made. Edwards did make the Patriots look foolish at times on Sunday but he couldn't play it straight. After the receiver pulled in a touchdown pass over New England cornerback Darius Butler, he immediately shot his team in the foot by incurring a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration.
It was silly. And it wasn't even the headline act of amateur hour.
Just 48-hours after Braylon Edwards did his "If Jeremiah Johnson played football" impression at New Meadowlands Stadium, he was arrested in New York for DWI.
That won't earn a guy nomination for Mensa International. What drinking and driving will get him is pulled over by police. Add in the kind of facial hair that screams, "I'm homeless! And probably up to no good!" and an arrest was inevitable.
Rumor has it that Braylon's BAC was actually below the legal limit and it was the alcohol consumed by his beard that pushed him up to a 0.16 level. The wideout's beard contacted me via Twitter this morning to deny involvement.
@BeardOfBraylon: @Mary_Paoletti I was just sitting there minding my own business.
You know what? I'll buy that.
I think Braylon's beard was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it's a shame because I don't think this will be the last time that Edwards does something like this. No matter how he is disciplined by the Jets or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Edwards will screw up again because he's an ego-driven knucklehead.
I just hope, for the sake of Braylon's beard and all of us who have to look at such a sad thing, that he shaves. Soon.