The Antonio Brown saga has taken one other predictable flip.
The beleaguered wideout has been within the information for myriad causes since final yr, with the most recent headline coming Friday: The NFL has suspended the free agent for eight video games, no matter whether or not he is on a roster come opening weekend of the league’s new season.
Brown, 34, final took snaps with the Patriots in 2019, enjoying in a single sport earlier than being launched after sexual assault allegations have been made public.
This is what it is advisable learn about Brown’s suspension and eligibility for the 2020 NFL season:
Why was Antonio Brown suspended?
The NFL determined to droop Brown for eight video games after the league discovered Brown in violation of its Private Conduct Coverage. The suspension stems from his January 2020 arrest in reference to an assault on the motive force of a shifting firm truck.
Brown was initially charged with felony assault and battery, and in March expenses levied included housebreaking of a automobile, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor felony mischief.
Whereas Brown is a free agent in the mean time, ought to he signal with a crew earlier than the beginning of the NFL season, he’ll be allowed to take part in camp and crew drills, along with his suspension formally starting on Sept. 5.
Extra from the NFL on Antonio Brown’s eight-game suspension (a minimum of). He’d be allowed to take part in coaching camp if a crew indicators him, with the suspension taking impact Sept. 5. pic.twitter.com/kXHbrkyBSo
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 31, 2020
The NFL continues to be investigating Brown on sexual assault allegations introduced in opposition to him from his former coach, the identical allegations that led to his 2019 launch from New England. Ought to the NFL conclude that Brown was in additional violation of its Private Conduct Coverage on the conclusion of the investigation, then Brown could possibly be topic to additional punishment, suspension or in any other case.
The civil case in opposition to Brown stays open in Florida.
Did Antonio Brown retire?
In a July Twitter rampage, Brown seemed to have announced his retirement from the league with a few choice tweets.
Is it time to stroll away i achieved ✅ every thing within the sport ?!!
at this level the chance is bigger than the reward thanks everybody who been a part of this journey i sincerely thanks for every thing! life goes on 84!
— AB (@AB84) July 20, 2020
I got here i noticed i conquered mission full Name God ??
— AB (@AB84) July 20, 2020
After a months-long saga with the Raiders, Brown alleged he would retire following his launch from Oakland in September 2019, solely to signal with New England a couple of weeks later. Brown performed a single sport alongside Tom Brady and Invoice Belichick, catching 4 passes for 56 yards and a landing.