Antonio Brown gets an eight-game suspension

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Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown already has served an unofficial 14-game suspension, thanks to the refusal of teams to sign him which the NFL conducted multiple investigations that, if he were employed, could have landed him on the league’s paid-leave list. Per multiple reports (confirmed by PFT), he’ll now serve another eight-game suspension.

The reports initially conflicted on whether the eight-game suspension can be served without Brown being signed. Some say the clock doesn’t start until he’s on a team. The NFL’s usual approach is to give the guy credit for each week of a suspension, even if he remains unsigned.

NFL Media (which is, as a practical matter, the NFL) reports that the eight-game suspension begins to run in Week One, regardless of whether Brown is on a team. The NFL has confirmed to PFT that, indeed, the suspension will last through Week Eight (if not signed) or his team’s eighth game (if signed).

The eight-game suspension, per NFL Media, covers two of three pending items against Brown: An accusation that Brown harassed via text message a woman who went public with concerns about Brown’s behavior to, and an arrest (followed by a no-contest plea) on felony and misdemeanor charges from earlier this year, after an altercation with the driver of a moving truck.

Via NFL Media, the punishment does not include an allegation of sexual assault and rape made against Brown in a civil lawsuit filed last September. Apparently, the league will await resolution of that lawsuit before making a decision as to whether further punishment is required — but also will not place Brown on the Commissioner Exempt list, if he’s signed before the civil lawsuit results in a verdict, a dismissal, or a settlement.

It’s an unusual decision for the NFL to make, given that the league has conducted an investigation regarding the claims made in the civil lawsuit. The league, frankly, could (and arguably should) make a decision as to whether Brown is or isn’t guilty of the civil charges, and act accordingly. The civil suit could still stretch on for months if not years, keeping the allegations of sexual assault and rape attached to Brown, indefinitely.

40 responses to “Antonio Brown gets an eight-game suspension

  1. The practical effect being that he won’t be able to participate in his fantasy league until week nine.

  2. tejastim says:
    July 31, 2020 at 2:59 pm
    Alrighty then, who needs a little crazy on their team?

    Apparently Russell Wilson?

  3. Even though he is an enormous tool, it is only fair that the punishment has been determined. Just hanging in the wind is not fair to anyone (him or prospective teams).

  4. You just know that the reason this is dropping now is because someone is about to sign that wack-job.

  5. How can your suspension start if you are not on a team under contract? He is suspended from nothing if he isn’t signed. This seems to be a policy change from the NFL. Was it “won” in the CBA negotiations?

  6. maximusintoxicus says: “Again a classic case of a tremendous talent tossing away tremendous talent.”

    Dude is 32 and on the downside of a receiver’s career. He’s also made $85m over 9 seasons. It’s not like his best years were still ahead of him…

  7. keithdylan says: “How can your suspension start if you are not on a team under contract? He is suspended from nothing if he isn’t signed. This seems to be a policy change from the NFL.”

    This has ALWAYS been the case. Former GB cornerback Jarrett Bush was suspended for PEDs when he was unsigned and served out those 10 games.

  8. He probably already has something lined up and that owner forced the NFL to make a decision. If we make it to week 9 I’m guessing he’ll be on the field somewhere.

  9. How can any team trust this guy? How much guaranteed money are they willing to lose?

  10. If he can regain his sanity, he may play in 2021.
    I honestly think that hit Vontaze Burfict deliberately made on his head in the playoffs did long term damage.

  11. Looks like somebody is interested in signing him.
    A team’s lawyer would have gotten this matter settled with the NFL faster than AB alone ever would have.

  12. ksiner46 says:
    July 31, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    Sooooo who’s dumb enough to blow up the locker room
    Pete Carroll
    He would sell his soul for another shot at a super bowl.

  13. I’m guessing he will be signed within a week or less, so long as he doesn’t ask for too much guaranteed money up front.

    The civil case is a wild card, but it’s also a get-out-of-jail card for a team that signs him. They can make sure they have his rights and then cut him if the case goes south.

  14. Don’t be surprised if he appeals and the suspension is bumped back to 6 games, or maybe even 4.

  15. Well at least Seattle won’t need to give up any draft picks (not that they have much to give now) to sign Brown for 1/2 a year – and its arguably the more important 1/2.

  16. Wasnt he charged with sexual assault and that litigation is still pending with the possibility of prison time?

  17. Kolo Jezdec says:
    July 31, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    Don’t be surprised if he appeals and the suspension is bumped back to 6 games, or maybe even 4.
    Never mind…

  18. “keeping the allegations of sexual assault and rape attached to Brown, indefinitely.” …And? You say that like it’s a bad thing. Imagine how the victim feels…

  19. PFT is going off the deep end. Brown served a de facto suspension because nobody signed him after his early-season mess, including working his way off one team? Remember Joe Randle? He suddenly went off the deep end in 2015, and the poor guys has been in the need of help ever since. At the time of his release from New England, Brown was a toxic mess who also needed help; if he’s straightened out since then, great, but to say that teams appropriately staying away while he worked through his suspensions is so tone-deaf and blindly pro-player that it’s ridiculous.

  20. Or, as most people would say, for duration of the 2020 season, and the first part of 2021.

    Because you know the season won’t make it very far before being cancelled.

  21. Laugh all you want- every team in contention will salivate at the thought of him upping their offense, week 9.

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