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SportsAntonio Brown: NFL must put Patriots receiver on exempt list

15:15  12 september  2019
15:15  12 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Patriots Take a Risk on Signing Antonio Brown Because They Can

Patriots Take a Risk on Signing Antonio Brown Because They Can Bill Belichick and the Patriots have taken on plenty of other players with issues. Some work out and some don't, with no real consequence to the team’s overall reputation or success.

This coming Sunday, Brown ’s Patriots will play the Dolphins in Miami. Let us all picture the scene if Brown is on the field. This one is simple. It has the commissioner’s exempt list written all over it. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Antonio Brown : NFL must put Patriots receiver

NFL prefers to move 'quickly' on whether or not to put Antonio Brown on commish exempt list . Across the board, the Patriots and NFL league office have both publicly declined to provide details about what they knew about the Brown allegations and when they knew it.

Antonio Brown: NFL must put Patriots receiver on exempt list© AP Photo/Steven Senne

In the fast-paced world of Antonio Brown developments, a day can feel like a lifetime. So, as the hours ticked off and afternoon turned into evening on Wednesday, the day after Brown was accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by his former trainer in a federal lawsuit, a question hung in the air:

Where was the NFL?

The New England Patriots, Brown’s latest team, said in a statement that the NFL was investigating, but there has been not one peep from the most powerful league in the country.

For exactly five years and three days – the length of time that has elapsed from the moment we first saw the video of Ray Rice’s punch of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer to right now – the NFL has spent a lot of time telling us how much it cares about women.

Antonio Brown: Patriots WR becoming the NFL's worst nightmare

Antonio Brown: Patriots WR becoming the NFL's worst nightmare Antonio Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault in a federal lawsuit, the latest and most serious controversy surrounding the receiver.

The NFL is reportedly giving “serious consideration” to putting Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list , after accusations of rape were filed against him on Tuesday. Britney Taylor, a trainer who once worked with Brown , claims that the star receiver committed two

A statement from the Patriots indicated that the NFL will be investigating the allegations of rape and sexual assault levied in a lawsuit filed against wide receiver Antonio Brown on Tuesday. Brown would be paid while on the list , but he would be ineligible to participate in Patriots games or practices.

There have been some hits and misses on that topic for sure, but the breaking news about the lawsuit Tuesday night presented the league with an opportunity that could best be described as a lay-up.

No one yet knows who is telling the truth, Brown or Britney Taylor, who chose to make her name public as she presented the allegations, but if we’ve learned anything in the #MeToo era, it’s that we should listen to women.

That doesn’t mean kicking Brown out of the league, or even suspending him. Not yet, and perhaps not ever.

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Have the Patriots not learned anything by now?

Have the Patriots not learned anything by now? They shouldn’t even entertain the prospect of playing Antonio Brown until more is learned.

The NFL will not take Brown away from the Patriots and put him on the commissioner's exempt list . Why wouldn't the NFL do this? This doesn't mean Brown can't be placed on the exempt list in the future. The Patriots wide receiver will be interviewed at some point by the league , as will his accuser.

Antonio Brown won’t be placed on NFL exempt list , eligible for Patriots debut. The NFL has opened its version of an investigation, and plans to interview Brown and his accuser, Britney The Patriots agreed to sign Brown on Saturday following the All-Pro wide receiver ’s controversial exit

What it means is taking the lawsuit seriously enough to stash Brown away somewhere for the time being while Taylor’s allegations are investigated.

That somewhere? The commissioner’s exempt list, the place where the NFL’s bad boys go to get paid and get out of the way.

The NFL is not a court of law. It’s a sports league that understandably cares very much about optics. It also can control what it puts on the field for public consumption.

This coming Sunday, Brown’s Patriots will play the Dolphins in Miami. Let us all picture the scene if Brown is on the field. Let’s envision the players and teams around the league who will be given short-shrift if Brown, the man newly accused of sexual assault, is catching Tom Brady’s passes, perhaps scoring touchdowns and generally becoming the face of the league.

This wouldn’t be the dream start to the league’s much-ballyhooed 100th season that the NFL has anticipated. It would be a nightmare.

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Word on Thursday was that the Patriots haven't heard anything from the NFL that would keep them from playing Antonio Brown against the Dolphins on Sunday and it doesn't look like that's going to Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the NFL will not place Brown on the Commissioner- Exempt .

Wide receiver Antonio Brown is eligible to play for the Patriots on Sunday, but what will Josh Daniels' offense look like with AB? Brown is eligible to play for the Patriots on Sunday in Miami, as the NFL is not planning to place him on the Commissioner's Exempt List because there isn't a criminal Assuming Brown does take the field Sunday -- and the Patriots certainly have been putting in extra

But it’s so easily avoided. Over the years, the list of players who have landed on the commissioner’s exempt list include Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Kareem Hunt. Some have called it paid leave. For others, it’s more of a penalty box.

For now, it's the perfect place for Brown, at least for the time being. He’s not guilty of anything right now (other than the past few weeks’ ridiculousness). But, with accusations pending, including graphic text messages that could corroborate one of Taylor’s allegations, he shouldn’t have the privilege of playing football this week, not in the NFL of 2019.

The league has increasingly become a mirror of American society, with the Rice story from 2014, the Donald Trump-Colin Kaepernick battle and a fan base that the league says is increasingly made up of women and girls, up to 45% now of the NFL’s overall total.

The NFL is just as much a part of U.S. culture as the #MeToo movement. They co-exist in 21st century America, and that's as it should be.

So, before too much time goes by, the NFL needs to get Brown off the field for as long as necessary. This one is simple. It has the commissioner’s exempt list written all over it.

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