Patriots’ Julian Edelman may have helped police stop a school shooting

All Julian Edelman wanted to do was pay tribute to a former teammate who is also a close friend. After police took a 14-year-old Michigan boy into custody, though, the Patriots wide receiver had reason to think he may have played a role in preventing a school shooting.

Edelman is also grateful to the as-yet unidentified Instagram user who sent him this direct message in late March: “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he s going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority.”

As he explained it to the New York Times, in a story published Wednesday, Edelman asked his Boston-based assistant, Shannen Moen, to look for the comment in question. She combed through hundreds of comments left on his most recent Instagram post at the time, which showed him and fellow wide receiver Danny Amendola, who signed with the Dolphins last month in free agency, at a bar in Austin.

Ok we’ll ft TB. #austin

A post shared by Julian Edelman (@edelman11) on Mar 25, 2018 at 10:34am PDT

When the comment was found, it did, indeed, prove alarming. “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news,” a user named its_ya_boiii_aidan wrote.

Edelman told the Times that

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