Antonio Brown’s meeting with the league will happen in South Florida

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On Thursday, the NFL finally will meet with free-agent receiver Antonio Brown regarding an investigation sparked two months ago today, when he was sued for sexual assault and rape. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the meeting will occur in South Florida.

The selection location underscores the reality that the league continues to be in fact-finding mode, and that a final decision won’t be made in the immediate future, possibly for several more weeks. Based on the things Brown says at the meeting, investigators may need to chase other leads and follow up on other facts in the overriding effort to determine who is, and who isn’t, telling the truth.

Obviously, someone is — and someone isn’t. The accuser, who reportedly met with the league for 10 hours, believes that Brown sexually assaulted and raped her. Brown denies all of it. Given the league’s P.R.-driven urgency to police the private lives of its players, the NFL’s in-house justice system will sift through the facts and render a verdict.

Thursday’s session with Brown will go a long way toward fueling that judgment, as he meets with the league regarding the situation for a first time. Eventually, Brown could be summoned to the league office for a session with the Commissioner that could result in a suspension. If the league eventually decides, under a standard much lower than the criminal-court bar of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that Brown did indeed commit rape, the suspension could wipe out not only the balance of his 2019 season, but also all of 2020 — and possibly beyond.

15 responses to “Antonio Brown’s meeting with the league will happen in South Florida

  1. If only the league could stream this meeting as a pay per view. The hilarity potential is enormous

  2. Let say, for argument’s sake, that everything he’s been accused of doing in private is a complete lie, and he’s completely innocent.

    His PUBLIC actions over the past 9 months have made him near unemployable.

  3. If this were some no-namer, the league wouldn’t bother with a meeting. He’d be gone and never to return. Please do the same with AB. His behavior lately clearly implies he needs major psychological help. Returning to football should be the least of his concerns.

  4. Brown quit on three teams in the past year. He no longer wants to play football. Even if he were to be cleared for play today, he’d quit again tomorrow. I don’t blame Brown for walking away from football. He’s a little guy and the sport is pretty violent. I believe the shot he took from Vontaze Burfict a couple years ago had a major impact on his will to take another hit. The theatrics he’s been displaying for us and the media, and all the attention he receives from acting peculiar, would serve him well if he wanted to have his own reality TV show. The American public is a big consumer of stuff like this. He could make more money than he ever made playing football, and he wouldn’t have to take any hits across the middle.

  5. Taking Brown and his antics and questionable behavior out of the equation. I think the NFL should reconsider how they handle these situations. Say they find the player guilty of rape and ban him for life. What happens to the NFL’s team of investigative experts who (potentially) found the player guilty if the woman was to retract her accusation? Or if further definitive evidence comes out in the actual trial that shows the player to be innocent? What does this say-do to the NFL investigative procedures? Then there is also the potential influence of a “he’s guilty” verdict by the NFL to jurors in the civil suit trial.

    This is just a bad idea for the NFL to judge the player before all the potential evidence is on the table post trial. It would seem like a player with a big bankroll would be able to sue the league in either case. For undue influencing a jury or for being completely wrong and further (wrongfully) slandering the players name with a he’s guilty verdict. Looks like a dangerous precedent being set by the NFL here.

  6. I thought the fanboys said the pats would never sign AB…..then it was if anyone can tame AB its BB……Pats fanboys should be disqualified from commenting on B because they have no clue….none what so ever.

    AB will be back next year….there is a sucker out there….think what the Pats did.

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 10, 2019 at 11:02 am
    If only the league could stream this meeting as a pay per view. The hilarity potential is enormous
    How certain are you Antonio Brown won’t be?

  8. So, that Wednesday, they need to call AB and say the meeting will be delayed until Friday or Monday. Wait for his Twitter meltdown, where he inevitably says he will never play again, retweet him and say “Okay!” then cancel the meeting altogether.

  9. The league are deliberately spinning this out so that AB cannot impact the NFL100 season any more than he has. Effectively, he’s been suspended in all but name for the season, and they will allow him back for 2020. Personally, I’d rather he goes and does not come back, but the NFL don’t have the onions to do that…

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