The NFL has come to a decision regarding Antonio Brown. The league announced that the free agent wideout will be suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2020 season.
The 32-year-old’s suspension will begin Week 1, even if Brown is not on an NFL team. The NFL can extend Brown’s suspension depending on what happens in Brown’s civil suit, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Brown was suspended for multiple violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Brown, who has faced allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, has not played in the NFL since Week Two of the 2019 season.
Brown forced his way out of Oakland after a preseason filled with absurd drama stemming from the wide receiver’s frost-bitten feet to threatening to retire over an issue with his league-approved helmet. The Raiders acquired Brown in the offseason via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers but they ultimately decided the headaches weren’t worth it.
Brown then was a member of the New England Patriots before his second release in weeks after multiple sexual assault allegations and reportedly sending threatening messages to one of his accusers. However, with the sexual assault allegations against him and Brown’s continued antics, the Patriots decided to move on.
Throughout his career in the NFL, Brown has hauled in 837 catches for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. Last season, Brown recorded 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. In each of the last 6 seasons, Brown has recorded at least 100 catches and 1,000 yards.