BEREA — Cavaliers forward LeBron James took a verbal shot at one of the city’s other sports stars Monday afternoon after Browns receiver Braylon Edwards allegedly punched a friend of James’ early Monday morning outside a nightclub.
James said Edwards punched Edward Givens, a friend of James’ and a promoter with a Cleveland marketing firm, outside the club around 2:30 a.m.
“I’ve never crossed paths with Braylon before, but it seems like there’s a little jealousy going on with Braylon and me and my friends. I have no idea why,” James said. “I’ve never said anything to Braylon at all. But for him to do that is very childish. My friend is 130 pounds. Seriously. It’s like hitting one of my kids. It doesn’t make sense.”
The police incident report listed Givens at 5-foot-7, 135 pounds. Edwards is listed in the Browns media guide at 6-3, 215.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a 28-year-old man accused Edwards of punching him in the face following an argument. The man said Edwards hit him with a closed fist. He said he suffered a black eye and cut and was treated at a hospital.
James says he was home when the fight occurred, but got a call from Givens telling him about it at 7 a.m.
Browns coach Eric Mangini said he had spoken with Edwards about the alleged fight. Edwards wasn’t in the locker room Monday during the period open to the media.
“I know there is an incident that has been reported with Braylon Edwards, it’s something that I am aware of, it is something that I spoke with Braylon about and personal conduct is very important to me,” Mangini said. “I always want our players to put themselves in the most positive positions and this is something I will continue to gather information on.”
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