Antonio Brown‘s latest off-field incident has not discouraged him from wanting to continue his NFL career. Despite his arrest on multiple charges from a Hollywood, Fla., incident last week adding to a historic downfall, the former All-Pro said he “has a shot” to return to the league.
A Florida judge freed Brown from the ankle monitor and house arrest Tuesday. Brown, however, faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief after an incident in which a moving-truck driver accused Brown and trainer Glen Holt of battery. This followed the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, and the league has now folded the most recent incident into its months-long Brown investigation.
“I put myself in a bad predicament,’’ Brown said, via USA Today’s Josh Peter. “I’m out of it now, man. Unfortunate situation, but we don’t make excuses and we’re going to make the best of it. … I’m planning to come back to the NFL.”
While Brown’s troubles are far from over, there certainly remains a chance he returns to the league. Players with considerably worse off-field pasts have come back to NFL action, and Brown has submitted a Hall of Fame resume. Though, the career freefall that began with his Steelers departure has been one of the most shocking in recent NFL annals. All of the events between then and now have certainly made the four-time first-team All-Pro wideout a major reliability risk. A suspension looms as a near-certainty.
Brown played in one game this past season — the Patriots’ Week 2 Dolphins tilt — and has not played consecutive games since Weeks 15 and 16 of the 2018 campaign. He worked out for the Saints in late December, but even that produced drama. Drew Rosenhaus severed ties with Brown after a video revealed the former Rosenhaus client’s profanity-laced tirade directed at the mother of one of his children and police. Prior to this legal issue, teams were holding off on considering a Brown signing until the league investigation ends. Brown will turn 32 in July.
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