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Browns' Braylon Edwards chided by Cavaliers' LeBron James

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Receiver is called 'childish' for allegedly punching a friend of the NBA player.

October 06, 2009|Associated Press

Cleveland Browns receiver Braylon Edwards was called "childish" by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers for allegedly punching James' friend early Monday outside of a Cleveland nightclub.

James said Edwards punched Edward Givens, a friend of James and a promoter with a Cleveland marketing firm who was working outside the club about 2:30 a.m. EDT.

"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 Monday. "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."

Edwards was not available for comment. He posted a message on his Twitter account offering praise to James.

"I have no issue with LeBron," Edwards tweeted. "I respect and admire him."

Edwards' name did not appear in a police report. He was not arrested and there are no charges pending against him.

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Cable declined to comment Monday.

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