There are some lines you just don't cross. There are some events that may happen, that you don't just casually mention in conversation or in writing as they were extremely poignant to all parties that were affected.
Apparently, AOL Fanhouse's David Whitley didn't get that memo.
WR Braylon Edwards was disciplined by the Jets with what they deemed appropriate -- and, as such, he was benched for the first quarter in Sunday night's game. Afterwards, upon conclusion of the game, most of us thought this issue was dealt with and that it was time to move on.
Whitley did not receive that memo either.
In an article he wrote which was published on Fanhouse's website yesterday evening, Whitley repeatedly brings up Woody Johnson's deceased daughter, Casey, for no reason at all. Below, we read about the first first mention of [Casey] Johnson, which is in reference to Edwards' benching.
Did Johnson think of his late daughter and wonder if she'd approve of the way he disciplines his work force?
But wait, there's more.
What about the message Sunday sent to Edwards? He's a spoiled man-child who has the money to get away with almost anything. Not unlike Johnson's daughter, Casey, who partied her way through life before tragically winding up in an early grave in January at 30. Her heartbroken father tried everything to get her straightened out. Can't he see that Edwards is on the same road?
So now he's comparing Edwards' situation to that of [Casey] Johnson's. He goes on to mention Johnson one more time, but I don't want to beat a dead horse, I'll leave that to Whitley.
Herm Edwards said it best when he delivered his famous "... you play to win the game." speech. That's exactly what the Jets did on Sunday night, winning their first road game of the season in a tough divisional battle. Edwards was an integral part of this victory, providing a huge touchdown and many key blocks in clearing the way for RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
I'll conclude with this: a message to Mr. Whitley.
In the United States, the accused are innocent until proven guilty. Edwards hasn't even gone to court yet, yet Whitley has taken this situation to a level that no one else would even step foot near. Have some class.
(I've contacted Fanhouse so we can hear their side of the story here.)