Antonio Brown Could Be Ineligible To Play After Rape Accusation

The Patriots WR could be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Andrew Limberg
September 11, 2019 - 12:14 pm

(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The woman accusing Antonio Brown of rape will reportedly meet with the NFL next week and there is a chance he could be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Britney Taylor, who filed a federal sexual assault lawsuit against Brown on Tuesday, is “planning to meet the NFL next week, which is as soon as she can.”

Reports are Taylor is unable to meet with officials earlier because she is getting married.

The league has said they will be investigating the incident.

The Washington Post reports the NFL could place Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list, which would mean he is ineligible to play until taken off the list. He would still be paid.

The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy States:

In cases in which a violation relating to a crime of violence is suspected but further investigation is required, the Commissioner may determine to place a player on the Commissioner Exempt List on a limited and temporary basis to permit the league to conduct an investigation.

Based on the results of this investigation, the player may be returned to duty, be placed on the Commissioner Exempt List for a longer period, or be subject to discipline.

 A player who is placed on the Commissioner Exempt List may not practice or attend games, but with the club’s permission he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities. A player placed on the Commissioner Exempt List will be notified promptly in writing with a copy to the NFLPA.

Late Tuesday the Patriots released a statement:

"We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio's representatives," the Patriots said in a statement late Tuesday night. "We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while the investigation takes place."

The Steelers also released a statement denying any knowledge of the alleged incidents.

“The Steelers organization did not have any knowledge of the alleged incidents involving Antonio Brown prior to yesterday. If requested, the Steelers organization will cooperate in any related investigation.”

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