Antonio Brown Suspended 8 Games, Could Face More N.F.L. Penalties

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The N.F.L. on Friday suspended extensive receiver Antonio Brown for eight common season video games this season for his function in a January dispute with a shifting firm worker, for which he pleaded no contest to housebreaking and battery fees and acquired two years probation. The suspension additionally penalizes Brown for sending threatening texts to a lady who accused him of sexual misconduct. The suspension was first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed in an announcement launched by the league.

Brown nonetheless faces an investigation into accusations that he sexually assaulted his former coach in 2017 and 2018. The civil lawsuit, filed in federal courtroom in South Florida, the place Brown has a home, stays open and the receiver might nonetheless face further penalties pending its consequence. He has denied the accusations of sexual assault.

Under the phrases of the N.F.L.’s suspension, Brown may even should take part in a counseling and therapy program. Any further violations of the N.F.L.’s private conduct coverage “will likely result in more significant discipline.”

A seven-time Pro Bowl choice whereas with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown, 32, is an unrestricted free agent and may signal with any staff. If he’s signed earlier than the beginning of the common season, he might participate in his membership’s preseason actions. Brown’s suspension would start on Sept. 5 and he would be capable to return after the staff’s eighth sport.

Brown was launched by New England Patriots on Sept. 21, 2019, lower than two weeks after he was launched by the Oakland Raiders. He competed in a single sport with the Patriots, scoring a landing. But after Brown lashed out in opposition to one other lady who gave her account of a separate incident of his sexual misconduct in a Sports Illustrated story, the Patriots let the All-Pro receiver go.

The N.F.L. started its investigation after the go well with was filed on Sept. 11 final 12 months and spoke with the plaintiff in a gathering 5 days later that reportedly lasted 10 hours. The suspension, which was introduced by the N.F.L.’s particular counsel for conduct, Todd Jones, comes because the league has been below scrutiny for the uneven manner it has dealt with circumstances involving home abuse, sexual assault and harassment.

Brown’s case was uncommon partly as a result of he has tried to defend himself on social media throughout the investigation. Since being launched in 2019, he has mentioned no less than twice that he deliberate to retire from soccer. He has additionally picked fights together with his employers, most notably the Raiders, who launched him after a sequence of incidents throughout the low season and coaching camp final 12 months, together with a dispute over the kind of helmet he might put on.

Despite his troubles off the sphere, different outstanding gamers have come to his protection. Brown labored out with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who performed with Brown in 2019. Brown additionally labored out with Dwayne Haskins, a quarterback with the Washington Football Team.

Brown additionally labored out with Lamar Jackson, the star quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens, who this week publicly lobbied for the staff to signal the receiver.