UPDATE: Patriots' Edelman arrested for assault


UPDATE: Patriots' Edelman arrested for assault

Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with indecent assault and battery, Boston police have confirmed. Arraignment was held in Boston Municipal Court where Edelman entered a plea of not guilty. He was released on personal recognizance to return January 10.

"The charges will be fought vigorously within the court system, instead of a rush to judgment elsewhere," said agent Don Yee. "We have no further comment beyond that."

Officers responded to a call at 88 Exeter Street after 1:30 a.m. Upon arriving at Storyville nightclub in Back Bay it was determined there was indeed a female victim and Edelman, 25, was named the suspect. According to the official report, the woman claims she was groped between the legs on the dance floor.

Elaboration from the Boston Herald cites a male witness as saying the alleged victims face took on "an expression of shock" when the incident occurred. Said witness, along with the alleged victim, demanded Edelman's removal from the club. Ironically, the pair was kicked out first because the witness threatened to fight the Patriot.

Edelman denied the allegations to police. He was taken into custody but later posted bail and was released.

Efforts to reach Edelman proved fruitless; a male named "Ben" answered the alleged suspect's phone and hung up after finding out the caller was a reporter.

The Patriots head of media relations was immediately unavailable for comment. Shortly after noon, the team released this statement: "The Patriots are aware of the reports involving Julian Edelman and will defer any comment to his representatives at this time."

Yee's statement followed in the afternoon.

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter