New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested Saturday night for misdemeanor vandalism after partying in Beverly Hills.
The hits just keep coming for the New England Patriots and their fans.
Last February, team owner Robert Kraft was charged with a misdemeanor for solicitation. The Pats swung and struck out on controversial wide receivers Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon during the season itself. And in the postseason, New England went one-and-done after falling at home to the No. 6 seed Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round.
To top it all off, Tom Brady is headed towards free agency for the first time in his career, and now Julian Edelman is in trouble with the law.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills on Saturday night after he was caught jumping up and down on the hood of a car. Edelman was released by the police, but has allegedly been charged with misdemeanor vandalism and must now appear in court this April.
Edelman was reportedly partying with former teammate Danny Amendola and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce in Southern California.
The 33-year-old wide receiver was the engine that drove the New England offense this whole season, and he was easily the best player for the Patriots offensively in 2019. Edelman played through a slew of serious injuries all year, including to his chest, knee, and shoulder.
Bleacher Report’s Rob Goldberg stated that Edelman is due to have offseason surgeries on his left shoulder and his left knee. He also reportedly will need to heal some torn rib cartilage he sustained back in Week 3 of the regular season against the New York Jets.
While it’s probably unusual for Edelman to have all this free time in January/February – he’s used to playing deep into the NFL postseason during his career – he probably should be taking it a bit easier than he has been of late.
While no one can begrudge him the opportunity to have some fun with his friends on his own time, he needs to be careful with how he treats his body – given the litany of serious injuries he supposedly suffered this year.