FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots running back Kevin Faulk had his own off-the-field troubles with the law a few years back and can relate to what wide receiver Julian Edelman is going through after being arrested for indecent assault and battery earlier this week.
Faulk, who was cited for marijuana possession in his native Louisiana in February of 2008, suggested Edelman's troubles are in the rear-view mirror as far as the team is concerned.
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Patriots running back Kevin Faulk understands what Julian Edelman is going through."It's over with now," said Faulk. "We're focused on the Giants. It happens. But the worst thing happened, now it's over. Keep letting everybody else talk about it and don't worry about it. You got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseaosn a few years ago. It's one of those things where you forget about it. It happened already, so you move on."
While being peppered on the subject earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick suggested he had talked with Edelman and that all internal discipline would be handled behind the scenes. Faulk noted it was no longer an issue in the Patriots' locker room.
"We talk about it; It’s hard for you not to hear about it because the media’s talking about it," said Faulk. "But at the same time, it’s not being talked about in here. The thing being talked about right now is the Giants."
After he was asked if he might take a younger player like Edelman aside and give him a little pep talk, Faulk admitted he would be happy to dispense advice, but again suggested it was in the past.
"At the same time, you talk to Coach [Belichick], you talk to Mr. [Robert] Kraft, and they discuss everything. Now it's a dead issue for anybody else on the team," said Faulk. "Now it's for him to talk about and his attorney to talk about, that's it."