LeBron: Braylon Edwards punched my friend
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.
"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," the Cavaliers superstar said after practice. "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 yesterday as the Browns regrouped following their 23-20 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. He did post a message on his Twitter account - OfficialBraylon - at 5:25 p.m., offering praise to James.
James said he was home when the fight occurred, but got a call from Givens telling him about it at 7 a.m. yesterday.
Edwards' manager issued a statement, hoping to soothe any perceived rivalry between two of Cleveland's biggest sports stars.
"Braylon has nothing but the highest respect for LeBron James as an athlete and person," Hayes Grooms said.
Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has spoken with Edwards about the alleged fight.
"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. I always want our players to put themselves in the most positive positions. This is something I will continue to gather information on."
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.
Edwards' name did not appear in a police report. He was not arrested and there are no charges pending against him.
Edwards was not in Cleveland's locker room during the portion open to the media.