Report: Antonio Brown to meet with NFL next week; teams remain interested
Antonio Brown has given several hints recently that he believes the NFL is intentionally dragging out its investigation to prevent him from signing with a team, but he is expected to take at least a small step toward a resolution within the next week.
Brown, who is being investigated by the NFL over multiple sexual misconduct allegations, is scheduled to meet with league executives next week, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports. Teams remain interested in the star wide receiver, but he is unlikely to be signed until the NFL determines his fate.
I'm told Antonio Brown is currently scheduled to meet w/ the NFL in person next Wednesday, at this time. My understanding is Brown is eager to present his side & that there r teams still interested in signing him pending the resolution of the league's investigation, per sources.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 7, 2019
Brown sent a tweet this week indicating he feels the NFL is proceeding slowly with his case intentionally. He’s not the only one with that theory, as there has been a lot of talk about the league waiting to announce a potential suspension and using the possibility of placing Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list as a means of discouraging teams from signing him.
Brown was with the Raiders during the offseason before essentially forcing his way out of Oakland, and he then signed with the Patriots and appeared in one game with them. A sexual assault lawsuit was filed against him after he signed with New England, and Brown was then accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman. The Patriots parted ways with him after he sent troubling text messages to the second alleged victim.
We know of at least one team that explored the possibility of signing Brown, but there has been no clarity yet from the NFL on his status. Perhaps next week’s meeting will lead to some.