The NFL announced that wide receiver Antonio Brown has received an eight-game suspension without pay for multiple violations of the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL investigated Brown for a sexual misconduct allegation by an artist who worked at his home in 2017.
The NFL also said that Brown has to continue his counseling and treatment and added that any further offence would likely result in harsher discipline. Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brown has accepted the suspension, his agent Ed Wasielewski said.
"He is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season," Wasielewski said, as quoted on ESPN. "Today, the NFL announced that our client, Antonio Brown, will be suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season.
Mr. Brown respects the NFL's decision, and is looking forward as he focuses on joining the right organization to play for this upcoming year. Mr. Brown has been working hard both on and off the field to be the best possible teammate and player he can be.
He is grateful for the opportunity to return to the football field and to compete at the highest level," Brown's attorney Carson Hancock said in a letter obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Brown looking forward to continuing his NFL career
Brown, who has been one of the players at his position over the last decade, last played for the New England Patriots in September 2019, who released him after just one game following sexual assault allegations.
Brown started the 2019 season with the Las Vegas Raiders but he talked his way out of the team and eventually ended up not paying a single game for the team. "I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate," Brown said in an Instagram post.
"I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon.
Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career."