New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arguably the most valuable player in Super Bowl XLIX. (The honor, of course, went to quarterback Tom Brady.) But that’s not what he’s been making headlines for this week. Instead, the 28-year-old has found himself going viral because of the company he allegedly keeps.
Earlier this week, Edelman popped up in a photo posted by a woman named “Sabrina” on the dating-app Tinder. Accompanied by a vulgar description of how the two spent the night, the photo circulated quickly around the Web, culminating in TMZ asking model Chrissy Teigan about her views on it. “I think these girls need to relax a bit,” she said.
But does Edelman?
He might want to. Following the Tinder fiasco, Edelman made headlines on sites like Deadspin and Sporting World News on Friday for allegedly attending a frat-style college party with an 8-to-1 ratio of women to men. The headlines make him look less like an unwitting victim of a groupie’s affections and more like that creepy old dude who hangs out around campus.
The frat-focused Web site BroBible was the first to post pictures of Edelman at Harvard University’s “final club,” which is basically the Ivy’s version of a fraternity.
Wearing a similar ensemble to the one he was spotted in trolling Richard Sherman during the Super Bowl victory parade on Wednesday, BroBible’s tipsters said Edelman attended the college rager with two other Patriots, one of whom may have broken a woman’s arm when she challenged him to an arm-wrestling match and lost. (The woman who supposedly broke her arm alleged it was the fault of Danny Amendola, but other tipsters said the wide receiver was never there.)
Edelman, who is active on social media, has not tweeted since the day of the parade. He also may not have changed his clothes, but that’s another non-football-related headline, I suppose.
The real question, though: Is Edelman trying to dethrone Rob “Yo Soy Fiesta” Gronkowski as the New England Patriots’ biggest party boy? Time will tell. It could be that Edelman’s just on a kind of creepy post-Super Bowl bender, but if the headlines continue into next week, Gronk may need to worry. Or at least chug a few more beers off the side of a duck boat to regain his rightful position as the No. 1 fiesta.