NFL Won’t Stop Antonio Brown From Playing

The NFL won’t place embattled Antonio Brown on the Commissioner’s exempt list. At least, not while he’s a free agent. The NFL released the following statement regarding Brown on Friday night: 

[RELATED: Seahawks No Longer Interested In Brown]

Antonio Brown was released today by the New England Patriots and is currently an unrestricted free agent. Our office is presently investigating multiple allegations, some of which are the subject of pending litigation. We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues. The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously. 

As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner’s exempt list is not appropriate. If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies.”

At this moment, it’s hard to see Brown landing another deal in 2019. But, for what it’s worth, agent Drew Rosenhaus seems to think his client isn’t far off from playing again.

It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots,” Rosenhaus said in a statement. “But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”

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65 comments on “NFL Won’t Stop Antonio Brown From Playing

    • Steven Juris

      He didn’t suspend Ben when he had the same allegations. Civil is different from criminal. Would you want your boss to fire you if you got sued by somebody?

    • Polish Hammer

      Slight difference is chronic is against the law federally while aspirin isn’t…and nobody starts smoking for pain.

      • earmbrister

        Nobody starts smoking for pain? There are a multitude of cancer patients that would disagree.

  1. Veiled threat there. If anyone signs AB, onto the Commissioner’s List he goes. With that clear threat hanging over Antonio Brown’s head, what GM would be stupid enough to pay a $15 million salary to a guy who is going to sit. While at the same time shaming that GM and that franchise, putting the GM in a hot seat all season.

    Not very attractive. And if AB makes it to the locker room at any point this season, the host team risks disintegrating. Even less attractive. Perhaps there’s a GM that stupid. Neither the Cowboys nor the Redskins will take them, heaven knows the Redskins need a number one receiver to replace Pierre Garcon (the last true one they had).

    • heartbrokentexassportsfan

      What would you say to Miami giving him a chance to rid themselves of the “tanking” label. Of course they still would be tanking if they gave him a one year, but might get the NFL off their back.

    • sleepyfloyd

      You do realize in the NFL contracts are not guaranteed right? So if a gm is creative they could bring in AB as the pats did and cut the cord

    • boltz82

      Give him no guaranteed money and if he is place on the CEL then they have lost literally nothing. There are probably a few teams that are willing to do so.

  2. pasha2k

    This guy has serious mental issues, maybe CTE, or just plain antisocial behavior. The Pats don’t put up with drama n his latest texts just ruined it for himself. Terrible.

    • DarkSide830

      as aweful a person as AB is, assuming he has a mental disorder is unfair to both him anyone who actually has one.

      • emtae

        I’m with Pasha. I understand your point, but the guys irrational behavior, the blow ups, the whole thing with his feet. His feet are his life, that doesn’t just happen. You put all that together and it looks like something is SERIOUSLY wrong. That last Burfict hit could’ve been the icing on the cake. I truly believe he’s got serious mental issues. I think he needs real help. And if he doesn’t get it I see it ending with at least a suicide attempt. If I hd any connection to his at all, I’d be screaming for someone to help him. I’d be screaming at him to get help.

        • Dodgethis

          Labeling behavior we don’t understand or condone mental illness is wrong. Period.

          It’s just a defense mechanism to maintain the fragile illusion that is most people’s reality. The human mind is incredibly complex. Don’t pretend you understand it.

    • Polish Hammer

      He’s been this way his whole adult life, quit excusing unacceptable behavior with CTE. There’s thousands who have taken many more hits and don’t act like he does.

    • thejuice01

      Agreed. He is erratic. Acts like someone who is bi-polar. (Not because of the allegations, just his general behavior).

  3. bowserhound

    Lucky AB. Previous players with much less evidence went straight to the Do Not Play list.

    • Steven Juris

      What evidence? When did he get charged for committing a crime? Show a police report? Pretty hard to do any of that when there was no criminal investigation at all. Just a lawsuit multiple years after the incident with zero police report at the actual time. Not saying AB didn’t do anything, but to wait until years have past to then sue him.

      • Bill Jasper

        You miss the text messages where he all but admits to sexually assaulting the trainer while she was asleep?

        • Polish Hammer

          “Symptoms include an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’ feelings, an inability to handle any criticism, and a sense of entitlement.”

  4. murraysons

    What exactly does a guy need to do for his agent to bail?? If I’m Rosenhaus, I say Adios AB. Not worth his time for a guy who has essentially set $39M on fire in the span of a couple months.

    • fieldsj2

      I would imagine he won’t be around much longer. He’s lost his salary and his main endorsement if not all of them. I give it a few weeks before he bails on him.

      • roguesaw

        He’ll stick around long enough to find out what happens with that signing bonus.

    • phenomenalajs

      Don’t think that will happen. McMahon has made it clear he doesn’t want anyone with conduct issues.

  5. of9376

    Drew Rosenhaus is a disgrace. He has encouraged all the outrageous behavior we’ve seen from AB.

    • phillyballers

      Drew is an agent. There’s a bunch of money potentially that is going to AB even after getting cut, Drew doesn’t have to like AB to collect his %, and nothing he has said has endorsed AB’s behavior, he has just said basic agent jargon and damage control.

    • Rosenhaus should not have let Antonio Brown pull that nonsense in Oakland. When he did what he did in Oakland to the point he was released, Rosenhaus should have declined to represent Brown further.

      Rosenhaus certainly should not have been enabling Brown, colluding with Brown to sabotage the Raiders and putting Brown on the Patriots in a dirty back door deal. Tolerance for this kind of behaviour from agents will result in more bad behaviour. This in a league already suffering from huge reputation issues.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Enabling? Colluding? Dirty back door deal? I suppose you have a conspiracy theory that explains the Redskins losing the 1940 championship 73-0 too.

      • phillyballers

        Drew really wanted to give up his % of 30 mil? Drew isn’t his father, he has no actual control or accountability for AB. AB is an adult he made his choices. He consulted with some social media person to get cut. The Patriots arent known for paying a lot for players, that 1 yr 15M deal was kind of shocking. And now it’s gone like toilet paper.

      • phillyballers

        I mean it’s like saying a Mob lawyer is responsible for the hits out out by a mob boss.

        • Polish Hammer

          Drew stood closely by as the TO circus was in full effect in Philly too. Anybody remember the workout in the driveway and subsequent “suicide” attempt? TO went off the rails and worked his way out of that town too.

          • phillyballers

            Again, Drew isn’t their daddy. These are children, hes not their legal guardian, hes their agent. They make their own choices. Ray Rices agent didnt endorse him slugging his fiance. Drew didnt make AB threaten some chick in a group chat.

  6. Danthemilwfan

    So as soon as he signs with the browns or chiefs he’s on the exempt list? Lol

    • Polish Hammer

      Stay? Got to be something to stay something, and nobody has ever accused him of being “classy”.

  7. slick222

    I suppose Buffalo might not be that awful now huh, you petulant child. For his own good, no one should sign him for the rest of the year, perhaps getting professional help, and then maybe a return. Personally, I just don’t care anymore.
    BTW, bets on when we see a Bronco blazing down an interstate with AB in it followed by 20 State troopers. I say by November.

  8. Brown Trout Fisherman

    If he were white (lol) he’d be gone (lol), because he’s black he can play (lol)…. imagine if it were the other way around it this would be about race!

    • mcdusty49

      I disagree…DK Metcalf looks pretty good I wouldn’t risk this clown becoming a distraction or disrupting locker room chemistry

  9. mriescher

    Sadly at the end of the day football is a business a team will sign him won’t be for much money. But he needs to fix his image so a team like the Vikings, Jets, or Bears strike me as destinations he may go.

  10. Bill Jasper

    As we speak, I imagine Dan Snyder and the Redskins are counting their salary cap pennies…

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      At this stage of AB’s career, I doubt it will take all that many pennies to sign him, if anybody is willing to take the PR hit.

  11. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    I’m a little scared… It’s been over 12 hours since AB has done anything outrageous. Here’s hoping he doesn’t own any assault rifles.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      Probably should have written “since he’s done anything outrageous that we’ve heard of…”

  12. If you had a hole at WR and give him minimum base salary for one year with an incentive every game played, you wouldn’t take his ability and use it to your advantage? If you knew bitcoin would be what it was today when it started but you had to pay a drug dealer for the information you would say no? You’re a better person than I am I guess.

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