BTN suspends Braylon Edwards for Michigan criticism


The Big Ten Network suspended analyst Braylon Edwards indefinitely on Monday, the network announced, after he strongly criticized the Michigan football team on Twitter.

Edwards, a former star for the Wolverines, was deemed to have violated BTN's social media guidelines.

In a tweet sent Saturday night that was later deleted, Edwards called quarterback Shea Patterson "scared," said the offensive line -- and specifically Cesar Ruiz -- are "weak," and added that the "[f---ing Michigan offense so predictable... Michigan football is sadly one thing ... Trash."

Head coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the comments at his Monday press conference.

"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 the other 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.

"And, I would say that if somebody wants to attack the character of anyone on the ball club, come after me, not our youngsters."

Edwards tweeted after the press conference on Monday to further criticize Michigan, and specifically its record under Harbaugh.

Edwards tweet, which has not been deleted, reads: "So funny that everyone is worried my tweet as opposed to the real issue, 0-17 on the road against ranked opponents, 1-6 against rivals and the one win was against a 3-9 MSU. Last thing i will ask and really think about this before you get Michigan better than Iowa?"

Edwards played for Michigan from 2001-04, catching 39 touchdowns over his final three seasons and earning unanimous All-American honors as a senior. He went third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns and spent eight years in the league, including a short stint under Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. The Niners waived Edwards in December of that year.

Edwards joined BTN last year.

--Field Level Media