The N.F.L. on Friday suspended broad receiver Antonio Brown for eight common season video games this season after an investigation into accusations that he sexually assaulted his former coach in 2017 and 2018. The suspension was first reported by the Washington Put up and confirmed in an announcement launched by the league.
Brown may also must take part in a counseling and therapy program. Any further violations of the N.F.L.’s private conduct coverage “will doubtless lead to extra vital self-discipline.”
A seven-time Professional Bowl choice whereas with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown, 32, is an unrestricted free agent and may signal with any group. If he’s signed earlier than the beginning of the common season, he may participate in his membership’s preseason actions. Brown’s suspension would start on Sept. 5 and he would be capable of return after the group’s eighth recreation.
Brown was released by New England Patriots on Sept. 21, 2019, lower than two weeks after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. He competed in a single recreation with the Patriots, scoring a landing. However 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-Professional receiver go.
He has denied the accusations of sexual assault, made in a lawsuit filed in federal court in South Florida, the place Brown has a house.
The N.F.L. started its investigation after the swimsuit was filed on Sept. 11 final yr 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 underneath scrutiny for the uneven manner it has dealt with instances 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 stated a minimum of twice that he deliberate to retire from soccer. He has additionally picked fights together with his employers, most notably the Raiders, who released him after a collection of incidents throughout the low season and coaching camp final yr, together with a dispute over the type of helmet he may put on.
Regardless of his troubles off the sector, different distinguished gamers have come to his protection. Brown worked out with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who performed with Brown in 2019. Brown additionally worked out with Dwayne Haskins, a quarterback with the Washington Soccer Group.