The NFL still hasn’t interviewed Antonio Brown

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The de facto unpaid suspension of Antonio Brown continues.

The league is investigating Brown under the Personal Conduct Policy, based on allegations of sexual assault and rape contained in a civil lawsuit filed on September 10. He has not been arrested or charged, and there’s currently no reason to believe he will ever face criminal charges.

The NFL nevertheless has the power to explore the situation and to discipline Brown, if it concludes that he engaged in the conduct of which he is accused. But the league also has the power to put Brown on paid leave, and the league’s refusal to tell teams whether he’d be placed on paid leave if signed by a new team is keeping teams from signing him.

The NFL has yet to interview Brown, which will be perhaps the most important step in reaching a conclusion as to whether he officially should be suspended without pay. The problem for Brown is that the league’s refusal to say whether he’d be placed on paid leave if signed, coupled with the lingering investigation, puts him on suspension without pay.

Brown seemed to vent regarding the situation earlier today, tweeting this: “NFL investigation oh don’t make me laugh.” That may not be the best way to curry favor with those who will eventually be determining whether to suspend him, but it’s hard to blame him for being frustrated.

29 responses to “The NFL still hasn’t interviewed Antonio Brown

  1. They don’t need to interview him.
    He just keeps talking and tweeting.

    Stay out of trouble and these things wouldn’t happen.

  2. If Brown was employed nobody would be complaining about a prolonged NFL investigation (despite it being a problem well before the Brown incident). IMO I don’t think it’s entirely fair to posture Brown’s lack of employment is due to the prolonged NFL investigation. Brown owns that all by himself. If anything the duration of the investigation is terribly and horribly consistent.

  3. The NFL is treating AB like he treats everyone else. It’s all about the NFL this time. The XFL is looking better every day. $55K is better than zero when you have bills to pay.

  4. “ the league’s refusal to say whether he’d be placed on paid leave if signed, coupled with the lingering investigation, puts him on suspension without pay.”

    Of course they have not said “sign him and we will immediately suspend him”. Im pretty sure that gets into the collusion/blackballing thing so Brown could have recourse if they simply came out and said that officially. But also I think that anyone who could not understand exactly what the league was tipping teams off to with the statement they did put out would have to be pretty obtuse.

  5. They’re not going to. This guy can freak out all he wants and cry like a teenage girl on twitter over and over and he’ll never play a down again. You embarrass the league and you’re done. Go get your back of the cereal box lawyer like Kaepernick and sue the league for colluding. Enjoy Bankruptcy!

  6. This NFL of today under Gödel makes zero sense. You worry about short pants or a player not playing wearing a watch yet Brown even in Pittsburgh faking injury, Oakland threaten a GM and using racial slur, then in NE all the stuff comes out from off the field and the league has said and done nothing. No wonder so many empty seats in the stadium.

  7. No one cares, he’s a bad guy who burned a whole bunch of bridges. The NFL is better off without him on a roster.

  8. Someone else I would feel sorry for and say they are being treated unfairlt, but this is the guy that had gotten away with so much and doesn’t hold himself accountable, I am not inclined personally to want the NFL to speed up the process.

  9. I don’t get it. There’s no de facto unpaid suspension. No team has signed him, so he’s not in the league. It’s certainly related to his civil suits, but not the only reason. So why would the league waste resources investigating a player that isn’t even in the league? If Brown wants to be on a team it’s simple. Settle his civil proceedings and provide evidence to the league that they are closed, and then someone will sign him and the league will have no reason to take any action.

  10. Mr. Brown is not a league employee. The NFL has no legal or contractual standing to compel Mr. Brown to come in for an interview. Suppose they ask him to come in for an interview, and he refuses? Or maybe he comes in and refuses to answer any questions he does not want to answer. The league could not punish him for that. Why would an employer put themselves in that position?

    Reasonable question: Does the league have a history of investigating a former employee?

    Of course, Mr. Brown could sign a contract with the stipulation that if he is placed on the commissioner’s exempt list he will forego any salary until removed from the list or suspended.

  11. The NFL owes him nothing. Apparently this fool can’t grasp the concept of having burned every bridge….

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