The last few weeks have been rough for Julian Edelman.
On top of watching his former New England Patriots get humiliated by the Bills in the first round of the playoffs, he, like all Pats fans, had to watch Tom Brady’s Buccaneers lose in agonizing fashion against the Rams last weekend.
You know what that means, right? Edelman’s $100,000 bet on the Patriots and Buccaneers meeting in the Super Bowl is toast. It was an audacious wager to begin with, and it didn’t make it to Conference Championship Weekend. Not the best of looks for the former Super Bowl MVP.
Unfortunately for Edelman, his run of bad luck continued during an appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast this week
While discussing Barry Bonds getting snubbed from the Baseball Hall of Fame (again), co-host Dan Katz took Edelman to the woodshed with a hilarious jab.
Former Patriots WR Julian Edelman couldn’t make it through this Barry Bonds debate without getting destroyed.
Of course, Edelman was hit with a four-game suspension leading up to the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. It’s speculated that Edelman used a substance that helped expedite his recovery from a torn ACL suffered during the 2017 campaign.
While Edelman has never admitted to using PEDs, he hasn’t denied it, either, and his reaction to Katz’s roast falls right in line with that. We can’t recall a time when Edelman wasn’t the most confident person in a room, but being reminded of his positive PED test sure brought him back down to earth a bit.
That’s what makes Katz’s dig so hilarious. It was timed perfectly. Edelman was fully prepared to discuss Bonds, who was yet again left out of Cooperstown in his final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot. Little did he know what Katz had prepared for him.
This is a pretty touchy subject for fans in the Boston area. While it’s universally understood that Bonds deserved to get in, his omission paved the way for Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who has a shady track record when it comes to PEDs himself, to make it in his first year on the ballot.
If we had to guess if Edelman was more embarrassed by his $100,000 going up in flames or being forced to discuss his PED use, we’d side with the latter. His positive test was one of the darkest moments of his career, and his reaction on “Pardon My Take” suggests he isn’t quite ready to laugh it off yet.
Luckily for Edelman, Patriots fans will be happy to pick up the slack.