The NFL won’t place New England Patriots broad receiver Antonio Brown on the commissioner’s exempt listing at this level, making him eligible to play Sunday in opposition to the Miami Dolphins, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The league has opened an investigation into Brown that may embrace interviews with the broad receiver and Britney Taylor, Brown’s former coach who filed a lawsuit within the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday during which she accused him of sexually assaulting her on three events in 2017 and 2018.
Taylor has scheduled a gathering with the NFL for subsequent week, a supply beforehand instructed ESPN.
Sources instructed Schefter that Brown will not be positioned on the exempt listing, as there isn’t a legal investigation into Brown.
Requested Friday whether or not Brown would play, Patriots coach Invoice Belichick answered, “We’ll do what’s greatest for the workforce.” He later added that the workforce is attempting to get Brown, who signed Monday, in control as shortly as attainable.
“Lengthy method to go, clearly. Not conversant in our offense,” Belichick stated of Brown. “The techniques he is been in have been fairly completely different. He is working laborious to select it up and we’re working laborious to get it to him.”
On Thursday, sources instructed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Patriots and Oakland Raiders had not been conscious of the pending lawsuit in opposition to Brown, who had been in discussions with Taylor over the previous few months. That they had agreed that their communication would stay confidential till the submitting of Taylor’s sexual assault lawsuit, sources instructed Fowler.
Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, stated in an announcement Tuesday night time that his consumer and Taylor have been concerned in a “consensual private relationship.”
After the lawsuit’s submitting, the Patriots stated they have been taking the allegations critically however wouldn’t remark additional through the NFL’s investigation.
On Wednesday, Belichick would not decide to Brown enjoying, saying the workforce was taking it “everyday.” Since then, Brown has participated in two practices — with a 3rd to return later Friday — and has impressed his new teammates.
“AB is AB. Everyone knows what he brings to the desk. Excited to have him right here,” security Duron Harmon stated, including: “He is doing every thing the appropriate method.”
Stated broad receiver Phillip Dorsett: “He’s a tough employee, [has] plenty of vitality, a playmaker.”