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Patriots WR Julian Edelman Arrested on Battery Charge

Julian Edelman Mugshot (Photo from: Suffolk County DA's Office)

UPDATE (5:12 p.m. ET): Edelman’s agent Don Yee issued a statement about the incident:

“The charges will be fought vigorously within the court system, instead of a rush to judgment elsewhere,” Yee said. “We have no further comment beyond that.”

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested and charged with battery and indecent assault, after an incident at a Back Bay nightclub Tuesday morning.

The Boston Globe reports that Edelman was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court and released this morning.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on his Tuesday conference call that there isn’t enough information to comment.

The Boston Globe cited a report they obtained by Boston Police, saying that Edelman allegedly reached underneath the woman’s Halloween costume and groped her between her legs.

A witness who was with the woman threatened to beat up Edelman. Because the altercation was inside the club, the witness and Edelman were both kicked out.

On the field, Edelman has seen his role steadly decrease. The 25-year-old from Redwood City, Calif. has only played in four games this season and has three catches for 25 yards.

Last season, in what was considered as a down year, Edelman caught just seven passes for 86 yards. With Wes Welker sidelined for part of the season, Edelman thrived as a rookie. He caught 37 passes for 359 yards.

A seventh round pick from Kent State, Edelman quickly became a fan favorite in 2009, but hasn’t done much since.

In the past when players got into trouble with the law, Belichick didn’t blink twice to release the players — if he felt they were expendable.

Edelman could be the next one on that list.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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