Antonio Brown still hasn’t been interviewed by the NFL

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Antonio Brown’s de facto unpaid suspension continues.

Fifteen days after it was reported that the NFL had not yet interviewed Brown in connection with the pending investigation regarding claims of sexual assault and rape made against him in a civil lawsuit, the NFL still hasn’t interviewed Brown.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked to provide an update as to the status of the investigation.

“We’re still working with that and I will probably be getting an update when I get back to New York,” Goodell said, via a transcript provided by the league office. “Our folks have been working diligently on that and going through materials. There’s a lot of material to go through to reach a conclusion.”

That’s fine, and it’s important to take the time needed to make a fair and proper decision. But the league’s refusal to advise teams as to whether Brown would be placed on paid leave if signed is keeping him from being signed. And the longer the investigation takes, the longer he will go unsigned, and thus unpaid.

Per a league source, the interview could happen soon. Even then, that doesn’t mean the investigation will promptly end after the interview.

The league has no legal obligation to disclose whether a player would be placed on paid leave if signed before an investigation concludes. As a matter of basic fairness for all current and future players, however, it’s fair to do it — and it’s unfair to not do it.

52 responses to “Antonio Brown still hasn’t been interviewed by the NFL

  1. While it may be unfair in a vacuum or as a matter of procedure, this is Antonio Brown. He forfeited any respect or fair play long ago. He made his bed, he can sit in it. I think the league will probably drag its feet until after the season. Then suspend him for 4 to 6 games in 2020. He deserves that and more.

  2. why bother interviewing him? Let the legal system sort it out unless a team signs him. After he’s signed, then start up the investigation again. Otherwise it’s a waste of resources…which kind of describes Brown as a player right now.

  3. How would the league know whether or not the player will be placed on paid or unpaid leave until they complete their investigation? Brown was accused of sexual assault, I would consider also all the public outcries for the leagues previous decisions made prior to the completion of their investigations.

  4. Before the NFL interviews Antonio Brown it should reach out to Drew Rosenhaus and arrange to have the proceedings broadcast live on pay-per-view.
    Wild entertainment, boffo ratings and a nice payday for all concerned.

  5. I get that AB is beyond busy as is Roger. AB is busy counting his real money and his “maybe money” etc along with Twitter & FB. And Roger is busy trying to get the players to not strike and play 18 games. I will help both. AB just retire u said ur rich. Roger kill the preseason as no team is really playing anyone yet charging full price for a practice squad game. Make it 18 games – no PS – boom done – ur welcome.

  6. Does AB’s attorney want him to be interviewed by the NFL at this point in time, though (potentially creating discoverable evidence in his civil case)? It may be that his legal team also may not want this resolved quickly.

  7. That closed door meeting will be like the R Kelly – Gayle King interview. Except I doubt Roger would be as cool as Gayle was.

  8. Antonio Brown still hasn’t been interviewed by the NFL

    Which is ridiculous. I feel the same way about Brown as the rest of you but he has a limited window to both play and earn in the league. NFL HQ delaying their disciplinary process without explanation just shows how inept the NFL leadership is. If he deserves it, don’t care if they suspend him for life. But you should do it in an organized professional timely manor. At least pretend you are organized and have a guideline to follow. The NFL is proving they are a rudderless ship that keeps circling into unplanned waters.

  9. 3 Thoughts:
    1. I think Mike Tomlin did a better job with AB than any of us can imagine.
    2. It is unfair and the league needs to act (remember the quick decision with Zeke?).
    3 Maybe, just maybe Roger Goodell is afraid he will be outwitted in a 1-1 with AB ☺

  10. I guess Goodell is being paid big bucks to handle difficult situations.

    Sounds like he is being paid big bucks in this instance to not handle it.

    Maybe the NFL wants AB to just go away and by doing nothing it does appear he is being blackballed, at least for this season. By Goodell.

    AB for all his faults does at the very least deserve to be heard.

    Goodell’s leadership skills don’t equal the pay and perks he enjoys.

    What is ironic is Trump may have had an indirect part in this story. Supposedly Kraft let AB go to show support for female victims, which is a good thing.

    But it appears Kraft had to do let AB go because of his trip to the spa which was owned by a Trump friend. What are the chances that Trump recommended that spa to his good friend Kraft? I suspect the chances are pretty high.

    Just an all around ugly story, but AB does deserve to be able to at least try to proclaim his innocence to the NFL, while awaiting for case to be determined.

  11. samapoc says:
    October 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    why bother interviewing him? Let the legal system sort it out unless a team signs him. After he’s signed, then start up the investigation again. Otherwise it’s a waste of resources…which kind of describes Brown as a player right now.
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    I hear you but what if the legal system finds out he is innocent?

    Forget about it being Antonio Brown for now. This won’t be the last time a player gets accused of something. lets say it’s a player that you like that is in a similar situation. It’s been over a month with no action. It’s been about 5 weeks. That’s a lot of time. An official ruling should have been made by now.

  12. AB would likely still be a Patriot had he not sent the threatening texts to the artist. Don’t really feel bad for him that he now has to wait for an always slow NFL investigation before any team will take a chance on him again.

    Steelers gave up on him bc of his behavior and he spent all offseason bashing them. Raiders took a chance, but he blew that up with meltdown on GM. Then Pats gave him a chance and he again blew it and once again burned the bridge down after he was gone. I am sure the other 29 owners and GMs have taken note of this pattern and this alone is a big part of the reason he remains unsigned.

  13. Throwing furniture off a balcony, freezing his feet, won’t practice because he won’t wear a conforming helmet, two sexual assault accusations, threatening Mayock with violence, stiffing multiple people by not paying for services, intimidating a witness, etc., etc.
    I really don’t think we need to see him back on the field until all of this has been resolved.

  14. Kind of reminds me of cop shows on TV where they make a suspect sit and wait for hours in the interview room just to piss him off and get them flustered.

  15. This means all NFL teams have been told to not sign him.

    Aren’t you the one saying the Pats would never sign AB. And you then said BB was the only one that could handle BB. So we are supposed to believe you on this……thanks for the chuckles.

    AB should be banned outright for all to see.

  16. He threatened his G.M. that he was going to punch him in the face and then demanded a trade after he had gotten paid. He then told the NFL that they would play by his rules. People still talk about how Brown is getting the shaft. That kind of reasoning is as crazy as he is…..

  17. There’s also the possibility his lawyers don’t want him to be interviewed by the NFL until the civil suit(s) have been resolved. Anything he says in any interview can be subpoena’d and used against him. It’s not unreasonable that he hasn’t agreed to be interviewed. He has bigger problem than the NFL right now that he needs to resolve.

  18. I agree that it is unfair to make Brown wait this long and beyond,but knowing what we already know as facts about the guy,it’s really hard to feel sorry for him. That doesn’t even include the things he is being accused of.

  19. October 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    I agree that it is unfair to make Brown wait this long and beyond,but knowing what we already know as facts about the guy,it’s really hard to feel sorry for him. That doesn’t even include the things he is being accused of.

    But you Fanboys were told to stay away from AB but in your infinite wisdom felt you knew better……amusing.

  20. The league (Rodger) is just being petty.

    They still butt hurt over the helmet thing, that’s all this is.

    But that’s ok, he finishin his deeeegreeee so he not be needin the NFL now no how.

    AB jus keepin it real.

  21. bobthebillsfan says:
    October 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    3 Thoughts:
    1. I think Mike Tomlin did a better job with AB than any of us can imagine.
    ——————————————————————————————

    I have the opposite take. I think Tomlin enabled Brown for years by not handling him properly-non regulation shoes, Facebook live in the locker room, etc..it might never have gotten to this point had Tomlin and the Steelers handled these situations differently.

  22. Its another way of the NFL putting the screws to him. As soon as a team is interested they will announce a 3 game suspension to help squish any celebration.

  23. dignityrules says:
    October 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    I guess Goodell is being paid big bucks to handle difficult situations.

    Sounds like he is being paid big bucks in this instance to not handle it.

    Maybe the NFL wants AB to just go away and by doing nothing it does appear he is being blackballed, at least for this season. By Goodell.

    AB for all his faults does at the very least deserve to be heard.

    Goodell’s leadership skills don’t equal the pay and perks he enjoys.

    What is ironic is Trump may have had an indirect part in this story. Supposedly Kraft let AB go to show support for female victims, which is a good thing.

    But it appears Kraft had to do let AB go because of his trip to the spa which was owned by a Trump friend. What are the chances that Trump recommended that spa to his good friend Kraft? I suspect the chances are pretty high.

    Just an all around ugly story, but AB does deserve to be able to at least try to proclaim his innocence to the NFL, while awaiting for case to be determined.
    ———————————————————————————————————————
    dignityrules, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

  24. factschecker says:
    October 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    Antonio Brown still hasn’t been interviewed by the NFL

    Which is ridiculous. I feel the same way about Brown as the rest of you but he has a limited window to both play and earn in the league. NFL HQ delaying their disciplinary process without explanation just shows how inept the NFL leadership is. If he deserves it, don’t care if they suspend him for life. But you should do it in an organized professional timely manor. At least pretend you are organized and have a guideline to follow. The NFL is proving they are a rudderless ship that keeps circling into unplanned waters.

    ———–

    Hey cut Roger some slack…..he is still trying to finish the investigations into Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and collate the PSI data the NFL collected to get it out to the public

  25. I actually agree that they should interview him and move forward with a decision. Just because he is less than human in some ways does not mean the nfl should be. He deserves what he gets in the end, and he should get it.

  26. I would believe the league is doing everything it can in behind the scenes to check out all the stories. With that said it sounds like this site merely wants soundbites to post and is more upset that the league hasn’t said anything publicly yet. And why would they, why not let things calm down. Any smart org would quiet things down a bit. But the media does not like that.

  27. Do you really think he will sit in an NFL tribunal and be honest? He’s toast. Let the criminal courts deal with it. We can then talk about our feelings for the next 5 years of how this guy blew a career. I can list 100 other receivers past and present who have made sweeter catches than this guy. To me, a few spotlight catches but he is an average wideout.

  28. After reading about his behavior in a deposition, who can blame them for not interviewing him? I really, really, really want Brown to act just like that in a court of law. Being broke and in prison is going to do wonders for Antonio Brown’s ego

  29. Tomlin leeked it out that the steelers covered up more than anybody will ever know when it comes to AB.

    Tomlin should get a nobel for what he dealt with.

  30. Give him the silent treatment and let him stew in the mess he created. He should be ashamed of what he did to my beloved Steelers who treated him so well.

  31. As a matter of basic fairness…

    I know, right. The NFL should be fair, and prompt, and live up to their obligations and responsibilities, and abide by the rules they signed up for just like AB did as a player… oh, wait…

  32. The gamesmanship has become ridiculous.

    AB says he’s not going to play anymore, which would mean the NFL had no reason or obligation to even complete the investigation (same as the investigations re: Peyton Manning at the time of his retirement), so AB changes his story and says the Patriots have to pay me, so they might as well play me which implies that now the NFL is obligated to complete their investigation. Now the story is that the NFL has taken too much time?

    Every week or two there is another AB “situation” (like a deposition meltdown). Ever consider that the NFL might be busy examining the 150 grievances that a retired and then suddenly unretired player has filed? And by the way, nobody forced AB to do or not do any of this. 100% self inflicted. Standing still he could have had $40M guaranteed. Still a head scratcher….

  33. The NFL is showing its DNA once again. This isn’t about Antonio Brown any more than Deflategate was about air in footballs, or the NFL’s opposition to sports betting in court was about the evils of gambling. It’s all about 32 fat-cat owners and their devoted commissioner flexing muscle. So where’s NFLPA? The league just figured out how to issue an indefinite unpaid supsension with no hearing, no arbitration, and no mess unless NFLPA decides, “Hey, this isn’t going to work.” If the NFL is good at anything, it’s making a mile out of every inch. Manipulate every situation, close every loophole and cling to it as precedent (when it’s convenient, and of course and ignore it when it isn’t). No surprise with any of this but I would like to know two things. (1)Why is NFLPA fumbling so badly when they’re supposed to be in CBA negotiations. (2)Why doesn’t anyone in media grow a set and challenge the league on its behavior instead of just using allegations and fake outrage for click bait?

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