NFL meets with Antonio Brown’s second accuser
The NFL is conducting an independent investigations on the sexual assault allegations involving Antonio Brown. They have now made progress on the case by getting in touch with the controversial wide receiver second accuser.
According to Ian Rapoport, the league has already met with her and asked her questions about Brown adding her to a “text group asking friends to dig up her past.”
The NFL has interviewed former #Patriots WR Antonio Brown’s second accuser, but had not yet decided to place him on the Commissioner’s Exempt list when NE released him. My story on the latest with AB: https://t.co/JNBJABcLjm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2019
The league announced that they are taking the charges seriously as they have also interviewed Britney Taylor earlier in the week. The Patriots were going to address his playing time before the New England Patriots suddenly cut the wideout.
Rapoport revealed that the league will also take actions in case another team braves the waters and sign him to their 53-man roster.
The NFL did not put him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, and as the league said in a recent statement, as long as he’s a free agent, he won’t be placed on the list. There is no need.
The league had considered it at the time of the release, but was not quite there yet. If Brown is signed by a team, he could be placed on the list at any time. That almost certainly will serve as a deterrent to future employers.
However, it’s unlikely that he will get offers from the remaining 29 teams in the league. GMs reportedly scoffed at the idea of bringing controversy to their locker rooms by signing a problematic player like Brown.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to resist a player of Brown’s caliber. Last season, he finished with 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns on 104 receptions. He also showed his quality with the Patriots. Rapaport noted that players privately expressed their disappointment in the cut as they felt he would be an important cog to their Super Bowl hopes.
Brown will now have to face the music and take on the allegations set on his plate. It doesn’t seem like the NFL will let him get away with the way things are going.