New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been suspended 4 games by the NFL for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. He is currently appealing he suspension.
But that’s where it gets interesting. On Reddit’s Patriots message board on Wednesday night, a user going by the name Redditlover1981 posted, “Rumor: Edelman potentially getting suspended 4 games for PED’s.” Although Redditlover1981 didn’t say where he heard the rumor, he said that it would be “national news” that was breaking “tomorrow.” Which it did. (Update: he’s claiming he’s sitting on some bigger news and is verifying from his source, will drop this ” news tonight he says) some claim this is Belichick’s “burner” account. I highly doubt Belichick even knows what Reddit is though…
Now conspiracy theorists are at it and putting a twist on this story. The latest one, Edelman was suspended to get Brady to show up to OTA’s and work with the other receivers:
CONSPIRACY THEORY: The Patriots leaked the looming Edelman suspension to ESPN to put pressure on #Tommy to show up for the rest of the OTAs and work with other receivers.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 8, 2018
Other theories I’ve heard on the radio yesterday; Belichick turned in Edelman to further tarnish Alex Guerrero and get rid of him completely. Belichick Gates Guerrero and wants him gone, that’s been pretty well publicized.
And finally, Belichick turned Edelman in to the league to get him suspended to make Tom look bad this season so he can move on from Tom. When I talked to someone who was all in on this theory, their response “If he’s willing to throw a Super Bowl, he would do this”.
The one that baffles me, is this guy from back in early May:
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who heard that Julian Edelman is going to be suspended for the first 4 games of this year for a PED violation.
Don't shoot the messenger(s).
— Bri (@briang001) May 7, 2018
Be it as it may, if Jules is out 4 games, I can live with that. It’s just a total bummer, was pumped to have the entire squad back together. But that won’t happen now until week 5. Get some rest, see you in October Jules.