NFL will investigate Antonio Brown domestic incident

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Antonio Brown wasn’t arrested after a recent domestic dispute, but he could indeed face discipline from the league.

“We will look into the matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.

By saying “look into,” the league means it will investigate. Which means that an investigation could result in a suspension of Brown.

As previously noted, this could complicate the effort to trade Brown, since his new team won’t know whether Brown will at some point be not available. It’s also not known how long will take for the investigation to resolve itself, given that the league often takes much more time than it should when getting to the bottom of a situation.

Brown’s lawyer has called the allegations “baseless and false,” but the NFL will have the final say under a standard of proof far lower than the criminal justice burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

62 responses to “NFL will investigate Antonio Brown domestic incident

  1. Oh great…. the KEYSTONE COPS are back on the case….
    guess we’ll have to wait for the TMZ video on this one too….

  2. If this is the true story, Brown needs to be called in BY THE LEAGUE, for a personal conduct policy investigation. To be honest, he should have been called in after the furniture throwing, stolen money from is condo, stolen car reporting, slamming the door in the face of the police affair(s). If for no other reason than to find out WTH is going on with him. Many/most Steelers’ fans want him out of Pittsburgh immediately, but it’s going to be pretty hard to deal him with all of this baggage. Any prospective trade partner has to figure something else is going to crawl out of the woodwork.

  3. Once Roger suspends him, the Steelers then should be able to void the rest of his contract for conduct (unless they were really stupid) and could make him pay back parts of the guaranteed money. This should reduce is dead cap money if they cut/trade him. This is awfully convenient for the Rooney’s and Tomlin.

    Also, this should about do it for Brown’s endorsement.

  4. NFL needs to stop policing domestic incidents and just let each team punish or suspend their own players. They’re just exposing themselves to future embarrassment by TMZ at this point.

  5. Kenneth Vidato says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Could this be early signs of CTE?

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    More like advanced stage of the “me me me” disease.

  6. “Could this be early signs of CTE?”

    I doubt it.

    Much more likely its signs of an entitled jerk whose parents, teachers, college professors and coaches all enabled because he’s such a great football player.

    The saddest thing is that the Steeles ponied up something like 17 million a year for this guy and that’s not enough for him to act decently. Can’t blame Steelers fans or players for that matter for wanting him gone.

    Maybe they can work a trade with one of the teams with the 3 or 4 worst QBs in the league and see how he likes having a scrub throw to him.

  7. So even if these reports are true, Browns supposed to be at fault here because a women refused to leave his place. Okay,then. If he calls the cops to remove her he’s still in the news.

  8. Only other QB in the league that can really throw it as far and accurate as bigben is Flacco, Mahomes kind of. Brown only knows one route. The slugo or just a go route. Nothing else. That’s why steelers wr always struggle when with different team. ju ju will replace ab, a new ju ju will take his place and nobody will even remember ab when he’s out of the league in 3 years.

  9. Steelers fan. I am sick and tired of this organization and the characters they’ve coddled and I’m SURE not the only one. Once again management has completely botched the handling of a player and his worth/potential return on investment to the rest of the league. Anyone with half a brain knows they could’ve gotten a kings ransom for Bell and Antonio Brown in the last couple years and now two all pro players are worth exactly ZERO to the franchise because ownership and the GM weren’t smart enough to do it. This organization used to let players go a year early instead of too late This is what happens when egotistical dunder heads run the show. Pathetic. This is exactly why the Patriots are the cream of the crop for two decades and the Steelers are a joke.

  10. Kenneth Vidato says:

    February 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Could this be early signs of CTE?

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    I have the same question. His behavior is getting more bizarre by the week. He wasn’t like this earlier in his career, and if he was, we certainly didn’t hear about it.

  11. Two words
    Kareem Hunt. Suspend him.
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    That’s 4 words….hee hee.

    But yes, the NFL will bring down the awesome power of Article 46 on whomever they see fit until Ruler Goodell has smote down all that oppose him!

  12. Tune in for another episode the seemingly endless drama, ” Capricious Discipline in the NFL” where your team or players can be punished for things that are hearsay, innuendo or scientifically impossible. Unless of course you last name begin with Manning, or a few choice others.

  13. NFL really does need to get out of criminal investigations. I mean, if the police investigate and decide there’s not enough there to move forward — then what makes the NFL think they’re better investigators than actual real-life law enforcement?

  14. brewman32 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm
    Two words
    Kareem Hunt. Suspend him.

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    Big difference is Kareem Hunt was caught on video kicking a woman. With that type of evidence a suspension decision by the NFL is much easier to make.

  15. bobmillion says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    ……Also, this should about do it for Brown’s endorsement.

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    In my market, I noticed that the Pizza Hut commercial that they were running several times during the games on Sunday disappeared after that last meltdown. I haven’t seen it in a long time. So I would agree, his endorsements are, most likely, in jeopardy.

  16. What a fall from grace. And all of it over a silly team MVP award. It’s hard believe anyone could be this stupid.

  17. “Big difference is Kareem Hunt was caught on video kicking a woman. With that type of evidence a suspension decision by the NFL is much easier to make.”

    They have a police report, although the female has since refused to press any charges and has since asked to have the report redacted.
    It was at his house, so it’s likely that there is no video and will be a fairly quick “investigation”.

  18. steelercrazy says:
    February 6, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    brewman32 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm
    Two words
    Kareem Hunt. Suspend him.

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    Big difference is Kareem Hunt was caught on video kicking a woman. With that type of evidence a suspension decision by the NFL is much easier to make.

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    Video is not a necessity for Roger Goodell and his gaggle of dirt balls. Brown is goin down… down, down, down.

  19. Cue the “OMG NFL is terrible comments.”

    Take a look at civil society. Or Corporate America. Or your company. Guarantee you the record of dealing with incidents of this sort is unbalanced and while not arbitrarily applied, definitely won’t satisfy everyone. Same traffic ticket is handled differently, same assaults, same felonies – cases depend on who, what, and why. Or just because someone doesn’t want to be bothered with the next day.

  20. A very, VERY expensive haircut indeed…..

    This is what happens when you mix EGO + CHEAP + Teenager = Homeland Disaster

  21. AB sure has done a lot this year to ruin his reputation what with the domestic assault incidents to throwing a temper tantrum about not being selected as the team MVP. So much for his image. Maybe choosing TO as his mentor wasn’t such a good idea.

  22. I wonder if Antonio is partial to painting … or fishing. He is going to have a lot of free time on his hands this fall. Perhaps a road trip is in order. T.O. and Antonio could make the next Thelma and Louise.

  23. Massive overcompensation incoming for the Kareem Hunt embarassment.

    Just like they dropped the hammer on Zeke for the Josh Brown fiasco, they’re going to screw AB big time with no evidence.

  24. I guess I am officially an old white guy suddenly when I long for the days when I didn’t know the phrase, “baby mama drama.”

    Where did the time go?

  25. Is this really the core competency of the NFL? How the Union agreed to Roger Goodell’s kangaroo court is beyond me.

  26. Why bother investigating? It doesn’t matter that he wasn’t arrested for it he was still accused and if that was enough to suspend Zeke for 6 games then it should be enough to suspend Brown too

  27. I think it’s about time for Steelers fans to step up and blame Vontaze Burfict for this whole mess

  28. For all the deserved scorn TO gets as a team cancer, I don’t recall him ever being involved in an incident of this nature. AB is going into waters that even TO won’t have any advice for.

  29. Don’t worry Steeler fans, Roger will tell the public there is no evidence, so no punishment.The great Steeler protector. But we’re going to take a draft pick from the Patriots.

  30. Fans of old movies will remember the scene in “From Here to Eternity” where Frank Sinatra is brought to the brig for being drunk and disorderly and Ernest Borgnine, the sadistic jailer, just smiles from ear to ear. You know that poor Frank is going to do the hardest time imaginable. Substitute AB and Roger Goodell and that’s exactly what you have here.

    AB created a PR problem for the league by refusing to practice and demanding to be traded, despite being under contract. If he successfully tantrums his way out of Pittsburgh, other players may follow suit. By getting caught up in this unrelated domestic violence situation — whether guilty or not –he has given sadistic Roger the perfect opportunity to drop the hammer.

  31. charger383 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    could he pass a drug test?
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    HaHa! I doubt it. Did you see his interview from the (pre) super bowl festivities?

  32. Antonio Brown, Rueben Foster, Kareem Hunt. You can have quite a talented roster by picking up players accused of Domestic violence.

  33. Steel curtain- nice work defending the guy. Keep it classy
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    Has nothing to do with being classy. Read the report, there’s two sides to every story not just the women’s side. Amazing how many people throw comments around when they didn’t even read the report.

  34. bradygirl12 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    Kenneth Vidato says:

    February 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Could this be early signs of CTE?
    _______________________________________

    I have the same question. His behavior is getting more bizarre by the week. He wasn’t like this earlier in his career, and if he was, we certainly didn’t hear about it.
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    I doubt it. He wanted money back then and did not want to jeopardize that being a 6th round pick. Since he got a good contract he has turned into the typical entitled diva that low character guys can become once they don’t have to worry about money. He will be 31 before the season and is signed through 2021. 34 year old WRs do not usually get mega money deals. Some of his antics could simply be him trying to force his release. That would allow him to sign one more decent deal with guaranteed money. I’m not saying he will get a big contract but there is no doubt that HE thinks he should.

  35. Its like he is doing everything in his power to ruin his career and reputation.SMH…

    Also I guess now the NFL will investigate him for a year and more. Good luck with a trade..

  36. Ya know? When I start seeing the same player (or in some cases have been ex players) keep popping up for various loss of control type antics (some more serious some less) I start to wonder if there has been damage done to them.

  37. Remember when the Steelers were heralded as a team that “did it right”. The yellow and black train has run off the rails.

  38. Stairway To Seven says:
    February 7, 2019 at 7:24 am
    Ya know? When I start seeing the same player (or in some cases have been ex players) keep popping up for various loss of control type antics (some more serious some less) I start to wonder if there has been damage done to them.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Do you offer that same benefit of the doubt or excuse making to the typical dirtbag acting up at Walmart? The “damage done to them” was likely not CTE related but rather psychological damage done by several different people, family, friends and coaches that enabled bad behavior simply because the kid could run fast, catch or throw a ball…which is potentially enriching for themselves as well as the athlete.

  39. A suspension might be a good idea, though I still think a full medical workup with brain scans would be worthwhile. If this is just bad behavior and ego run wild, a suspension might wake him up.

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