Prosecutors drop charges against Edelman

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Prosecutors drop charges against Edelman

Suffolk County prosecutors dropped indecent assault and battery charges against Patriots receiverdefensive back Julian Edelman on Friday, saying "it would not be able to meet its burden at trial of proving each of the elements of indecent assault and battery beyond a reasonable doubt".

Edelman was arrested after a Halloween party after allegedly reaching under a woman's costume and grabbing her between the legs. According to a press release from the district attorney's office:

"The evidence suggests that he approached a woman on the dance floor and took her hand briefly. Review of the videotape indicates that the physical contact between the two was fleeting, prosecutors say, and did not meet the elements of any crime.

"To constitute indecent assault and battery, physical contact must be intentional; potentially physically harmful or an affront to the victims integrity; fundamentally offensive to contemporary moral values; and without justification or excuse. Prosecutors could not prove these elements with the evidence contained in the surveillance imagery, witness statements, and other sources."

Edelman released a statement through the Patriots on Thursday saying,"I am very appreciative of the hard work of the County's public officials and of my attorney Amy McNamee. I am humbled by the support of my teammates and the Patriots organization. I'm just looking forward to focusing on football."

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.