NFL officials are reportedly considering suspending New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown and putting him on paid leave while the league investigates allegations of sexual assault that were made public this week.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that sources close to the NFL’s deliberations said that it was “possible” Brown would be placed on the exempt list, forcing him off the field until the matter is resolved.
Brown was accused in a civil lawsuit in Florida on Tuesday of sexually assaulting his former trainer, Britney Taylor, three separate times, which he has denied through attorneys.
“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” his attorney tweeted. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 10, 2019
NFL officials planned to meet Wednesday to discuss the allegations, the Post reported, just two days after Brown signed with the Patriots after a tumultuous social media performance led to a dramatic exit from the Oakland Raiders just days ago.
It’s unclear if Brown will play Sunday for the Patriots, and the wide receiver could also face consequences under the league’s personal conduct policy.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has faced his own controversy this year after it was reported in February that he had been arrested and charged with solicitation of a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor.