He also tweeted and then deleted a shot at Coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Everybody had your back. I gotta laugh because I knew this would happen. Don’t feel bad, watch the truth,” it read.
Officials at the Big Ten Network, where Edwards works as a college football analyst, apparently saw the tweet before it was taken down. On Monday, they announced, per the Athletic’s Chris Vannini, that Edwards has been suspended indefinitely “due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines.”
Interviewed by the Detroit News after the suspension was announced, Edwards admitted that he had had too much to drink while watching the game but that his overall point stands.
“Was the original tweet a little excessive?” Edwards said. “I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan.”
Edwards also said he was sorry for taking specific aim at the two Michigan players.
“I apologize for that,” Edwards said. “I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now [as a program]? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for.
“People did that to me. [Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr] called me out in the media. I didn’t [complain] and moan. Do I wish I had done it differently? I would not have called out Cesar Ruiz and Shea Patterson. You’re not supposed to do that, and I shouldn’t have. It should have been an overall message about the program.”
Harbaugh said he was aware of Edwards’s gripes and didn’t think highly of them.
“First of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” he said Monday at his weekly news conference with reporters, per the Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen. “If you’re going to come after someone, come after me.”
“I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of our players. That’s disappointing,” he continued.
Edwards played at Michigan from 2001 to 2004 before a 10-year NFL career. He set Wolverines single-season records for receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,330) as a senior and career records with 252 receptions, 3,541 yards and 39 touchdown catches, the latter a Big Ten record that still stands. But he also butted heads with his coaches and would be relegated to the bench for long stretches during games, despite his obvious talent.
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