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Sexual assault charges against Patriots WR Julian Edelman were dropped on Thursday.
“I am very appreciative of the hard work of the County’s public officials and of my attorney Amy McNamee. I am humbled by the support of my teammates and the Patriots organization. I’m just looking forward to focusing on football,” Edelman said in a statement released by the team.
On Halloween, Edelman was accused of assaulting a woman at a Back Bay club by intentionally grabbing her crotch. He was arrested outside of the bar and charged with indecent assault.
When arraigned on the charges in November, Edelman pleaded not guilty. He was due back in court Jan. 10, but prosecutors instead dropped the charges, saying Thursday that a review of witness statements and surveillance video would not “prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally engaged in a harmful or offensive touching of the complainant.”
Watch: Video of the incident
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and since Edelman cannot be proven guilty, he is by default, innocent. I find it interesting, though, that he doesn’t talk about his innocence in his statement, only crediting his lawyers’ efforts and thanking his team for their support.
Usually, Bill Belichick has no tolerance for any inappropriate off-the-field behavior. If anything, Edelman’s playing time increased after the alleged assault, as he is playing several snaps per game on the defensive side of the ball, in addition to his work on special teams and offense. With the charges being dropped, it’s pretty clear his status with the team is now safe.