Big Ten Network suspends ex-Michigan star for tweet

Detroit Free Press

Published 11:26 p.m. UTC Sep 3, 2018

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was not happy with former Wolverine receiver, and current Big Ten Network analyst, Braylon Edwards' decision to criticize Michigan players via Twitter during Saturday's loss to Notre Dame. 

Big Ten Network suspends ex-Michigan star for tweet

The Big Ten Network suspended Edwards for the since-deleted tweet from Saturday night: "(Cesar) Ruiz is weak, line is weak, shea (Patterson) is scared, (expletive) Michigan offense is so predictable.....Michigan football is sadly one thing......Trash." 

The Big Ten Network suspension is indefinite for "a violation of the network’s social media guidelines." 

Earlier in the day, speaking with reporters in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh gave his response to the matter. 

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"No. 1, first of all, (what he said) is not true. It's not factual. There's nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team. Let alone the two players he described," Harbaugh said. "On another level, it's disappointing that a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That's disappointing. 

"If somebody wants to attack character of anybody on the ball club, come after me. Not the youngsters." 

Edwards was an All-American and the Biletnikoff winner awarded to the nation's best wide receiver at Michigan in 2004. He is still Michigan's all-time leader in career receptions (252), yards (3,541) and touchdowns (39). 

On Monday, Edwards offered up an apology to the players on his Twitter account, though he stood by his criticism of the Michigan program as a whole. 

"I would like to address the tweet from this past Saturday. I should not have attacked Ruiz and Patterson that hard or period individually," Edwards wrote. "I apologize as a former student athlete and NCAA analyst. With that being said UM football still needs to step up so no apologies there."

His younger brother, Berkley, joined Michigan's roster as a graduate transfer running back this offseason. Both are the son of former Michigan running back Stan Edwards. 

"At the end of the day we're college students, we're college football players. We love what we do and we take it to heart," Michigan junior defensive end Rashan Gary said Monday. "I didn't see the tweet, but to take shots at a player and you're a grown man, I don't think that's cool. 

"But it is what it is." 

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