Free agent Agent Antonio Brown has received an eight-match suspension without paying for multiple breaches of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced on Friday.
Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation after a lawsuit filed by his former coach alleging she had been sexually assaulted by Brown on numerous occasions. Brown was also charged with sexual misconduct at his home by an artist who was working there in 2017.
The broad receiver has said his sexual relationship with the coach was consensual, and Brown met with the NFL in November as part of the investigation.
In the suspension announcement, the NFL said Brown was headed to continue counseling and treatment. The league also said any further violations would result in tougher discipline.
Brown last played for the New England Patriots in September 2019. The Patriots released him a week later, and he has not signed since.
If Brown signed with a team before the regular season, he would be allowed to participate in preseason activities. The suspension would take effect after the final reduction of the roster on September 5, and he would be eligible to return after the team plays eight games.