After news broke earlier about an alleged incident involving Browns receiver Braylon Edwards and a Cleveland-area promoter named Edward Givens, The King decided to speak on the situation. Givens, who is a friend of LeBron’s, claims that Edwards tried to give him a one-hitter quitter Sunday night outside of View Ultralounge & Nightclub, a local hotspot which Givens promotes for on Sunday’s. Givens also claimed that the reason the incident arose was because Braylon is salty at LeBron. Givens told Cleveland.com:
“After the club closed, I was outside greeting and saying goodbye to people. Braylon comes up and started saying things, degrading me. He said if it wasn’t for LeBron or the Four Horsemen, I wouldn’t have what I have, nor would I be able to get girls. Everyone knows Braylon has a problem with LeBron. So I had to speak up for myself. The conversation started to escalate. As some of his teammates started to pull him back, he punched me. I have a black eye and a cut. I’m not a violent guy. As long as I’ve known Braylon, I’ve allowed him and his friends to come into our events free of charge. Whatever jealousy he has with LeBron, he felt he needed to take it out on me.”
Givens called LeBron after the fight to tell him what happened. After being questioned about the incident, King James had this to say about the apparent beef between him and Braylon:
“I’ve never crossed paths with Braylon before, but it seems like there’s a little jealousy going on with Braylon and me and my friends. I have no idea why, I’ve never said anything to Braylon at all. But for him to do that is very childish. My friend is 130 pounds. Seriously. It’s like hitting one of my kids. It doesn’t make sense.”
There has been no punishment handed down to Edwards yet, as it is up to Givens to file a criminal complaint. You can best believe some type of fine or suspension will be delivered for this blatant violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. Browns head coach Eric Mangini said he was aware of the situation but would not comment until more details were released.