FOXBOROUGH — The arrest of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman dominated talk at Gillette Stadium today, with most team personnel from coach Bill Belichick on down not wanting to comment on Edelman facing a charge of indecent assault and battery.
In the locker room, few players were around, and running back Kevin Faulk was the only one to really comment on the situation:
“It happened. The worst thing that could happen, it happened,” Faulk said. “Now it’s over. You can keep letting everybody else talk about it. Don’t worry about it. You’ve got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseason a few years ago. It’s one of those things you forget about it, it happened already, you move on.”
Faulk said the players are trying to talk only about the Giants, who come to Gillette on Sunday.
The day began with Belichick, who was asked almost right off the bat about Edelman – during a conference call yesterday, Belichick said he had no further comment beyond the statement the Patriots had released – but he was asked for a comment and to discuss Edelman’s future with the team.
“I don’t have any comment. I think his representatives made their comment on it, I don’t have anything to add to it,” Belichick said.
He then was asked if there is a discipline issue on the Patriots.
“I don’t have anything to add to that.”
Tom Brady followed Belichick to the podium, and the first question he got was about Edelman, whose locker is next door to Brady’s:
“We kind of let coach Belichick handle that. He’s our friend. We’re trying to get ready to win a football game. That’s kind of what’s on our mind,” Brady said.
Pressed, Brady said it isn’t his situation to comment on.
Edelman was not in the locker room.