New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday to charges of indecent assault following an incident at a Halloween party early this morning.
According to a report from Brian R. Ballou and John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe, Edelman was arrested on a single count of indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping a woman below the waist.
Police were called to the Storyville nightclub in the Back Bay around 1:30 a.m. to investigate reports of an assault, Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.
Edelman was released on personal recognizance following his arraignment, during which he did not speak. The not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by Edelman’s attorney, who declined to identify herself to reporters outside the courtroom.
On Tuesday afternoon the Patriots issued a very Belichickian one sentence statement on Edelman’s arrest: “The Patriots are aware of the reports regarding Julian Edelman and will defer any comment to his representative at this time.”
A man who was with the woman at the club told police that Edelman bumped into the woman on the dance floor and “saw the victim’s face change into an expression of shock.”
The man then approached the Patriots receiver and “threatened to beat him up” before all three individuals were kicked out of the club.
Edelman, 25, denied groping the woman and was released from custody after posting bail. The wide receiver and kick returner was inactive for Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh and has not played since Week 4 at Oakland. He has just three receptions for 25 yards this season.
• Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was in court last Wednesday to face felony domestic assault/strangulation and fifth-degree domestic assault after he allegedly tried to choke his girlfriend two weekend’s ago. Cook remains suspended without pay by the Vikings who have placed him on the reserve/suspended list and can replace him on their active roster.
• In late August, former Washington Redskins and current New England Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth entered a no contest plea to one count of simple assault after he allegedly groped a cocktail waitress at the downtown W Hotel in Washington, D.C., in February.