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SportNFL prefers to move 'quickly' on whether or not to put Antonio Brown on commish exempt list

03:35  12 september  2019
03:35  12 september  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Report: NFL won't place Brown on exempt list ahead of Week 2

Report: NFL won't place Brown on exempt list ahead of Week 2 As of now, the NFL will not place New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown on the commissioner's exempt list, leaving the wideout eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. 

Given the nature of the allegations, one of the questions that the league will face is whether or not to place Brown on the Commissioner- Exempt list while that investigation plays out. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the NFL will “give serious consideration” to putting Brown on that list .

If the league opts to put Brown on paid leave, it also would have to decide under what conditions he would be permitted to come off the exempt list and how it would react, for example, to a prospective settlement of the civil lawsuit. Brown has denied the allegations through his attorney.

The New England Patriots and the NFL were caught flat-footed by the civil lawsuit that has been filed against wideout Antonio Brown this week, according to sources who spoke with Yahoo Sports Wednesday. Neither the Patriots or the league office were aware that a potential lawsuit against Brown was on the tracks before he agreed to a deal with New England last week, according to two sources familiar with talks between the franchise and league security officials.

NFL prefers to move 'quickly' on whether or not to put Antonio Brown on commish exempt list© Provided by Oath Inc. Antonio Brown practiced with the Patriots for the first time since he signed as a free agent last weekend. (Getty Images)

The sources declined to speculate on knowledge the Oakland Raiders or Pittsburgh Steelers might have had regarding sexual assault and rape allegations against Brown, which range from June of 2017 to May of 2018 in a lawsuit filed by his former trainer, Britney Taylor.

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Alleged victim to meet with NFL over Antonio Brown case after wedding Britney Taylor, the woman who accused Antonio Brown of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions in a lawsuit she filed this week, is willing to cooperate with NFL officials who want to investigate the allegations further. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsTaylor, who is Brown’s former trainer and friend, is planning to meet with the NFL next week. That is the soonest she is available, as she is getting married this weekend.

NFL will consider placing Antonio Brown on paid leave and making him ineligible to play. If the league opts to put Brown on paid leave, it also would have to decide under what conditions he “The result of that conversation was a decision that we could not move forward with investigating that claim

"On Antonio 's situation, both Antonio and his representatives have made statements and so I'm not going to be expanding on any of those," Belichick said. "As far as what the NFL can do here, they can put Antonio Brown on the Commissioner's Exempt List .

When Roger Goodell, Patriots found out about lawsuit

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. Sources who spoke with Yahoo Sports said it wasn’t until Tuesday when league and Patriots security began looking into the allegations.

One source added that it’s also when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and others began discussions about options that were on the table with Brown, including whether he could be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list if a remedy was needed during an investigation.

On Wednesday, NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus appeared to suggest during an ESPN appearance that he and Brown — whom Rosenhaus represents — had reason to believe a lawsuit aimed at Brown was in the works.

Report: Antonio Brown and Britney Taylor were in confidential legal talks for months

Report: Antonio Brown and Britney Taylor were in confidential legal talks for months Representatives for Antonio Brown and Britney Taylor were in confidential legal talks for months about their matter, according to a new report. © Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsTaylor and her legal representatives filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida Tuesday alleging Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions. The most serious allegation from Taylor is that Brown raped her in May 2018.

The NFL placed Josh Brown on the Reserve/ Commissioner Exempt List on Friday a day after it reopened its domestic violence investigation into the Giants kicker. Brown was notified of the move in a letter from Adolpho Birch, NFL ' s Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs.

The NFL will give "serious consideration" to placing Antonio Brown on its commissioner's exempt list after the New England Patriots wide receiver was The NFL has begun investigating the allegations against Brown by Britney Taylor, and league leaders plan to meet Wednesday to discuss the matter.

“Antonio and I had been unfortunately anticipating this possibility,” Rosenhaus said during his ESPN appearance.

Pressed on what information he shared with the Patriots and when he shared it, Rosenhaus declined to comment.

“I’m not going to get into that element,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m not going to get into my discussions with the Patriots and what may or may not have been discussed. I just want to reiterate: people should please keep in mind that Antonio denies these allegations. He will have a full investigation. He will go through the legal process.”

Patriots can void $15 million contract

Brown practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday, and head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots players declined to comment on matters relating to Brown. Asked whether Brown would play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Belichick said the team was taking it “one day at a time.”

For the NFL’s part, a source familiar with the league’s talks told Yahoo Sports the NFL would prefer to move “quickly” to resolve the element of Brown being active or moved to the commissioner’s exempt list, a remedy that has been used in past cases involving criminal allegations but never in civil suits like the one Brown is facing. The source added that the NFL has sought to speak with Brown’s accuser, who is apparently willing but cannot schedule a meeting before next week because of prior engagements.

Antonio Brown eligible to play for New England Patriots in NFL Week 2

Antonio Brown eligible to play for New England Patriots in NFL Week 2 Antonio Brown will be eligible to make his New England Patriots debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The NFL won't place Brown on the exempt list.

The Exempt List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been League executives are expected to meet on Wednesday at NFL headquarters and there will likely be more clarity on Brown 's situation after that meeting.

The NFL placed Josh Brown on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List on Friday a day after it reopened its domestic violence investigation into the Giants kicker. Brown was notified of the move in a letter from Adolpho Birch, NFL 's Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs.

That meeting between Taylor and the NFL appears to be the most pivotal point ahead, with the Patriots apparently ready to center their decision on Brown largely based on advisement with league investigators. Whether Brown ends up being set aside from the field by the league or not, at least one thing is clear: New England has language in his contract that could void all of the $9 million in guarantees from his one-year, $15 million deal. According to a source with access to the contract, the specific clause is tied to “undermining” the public image of the club. The clause, which was sent to Yahoo Sports, reads:

“If at any time prior to the end of the 2019 League Year, Player: … takes any action that materially undermines the public’s respect for, or is materially critical of, the Club, Player’s teammates or the Club’s ownership, coaches, management, operations or policies then, upon election of the Club, the guarantees set forth in this section 27 will be null and void, whether or not any such guarantee otherwise had bee earned in accordance with the terms thereof.”

Antonio Brown: NFL must put Patriots receiver on exempt list

Antonio Brown: NFL must put Patriots receiver on exempt list Roger Goodell can show how much the NFL cares about women by putting Antonio Brown on the sideline while investigating rape allegations against him.

What’s next for Antonio Brown now that he’s been accused of sexual assault? Depending on what the New England Patriots and the NFL know for certain, Brown could be cut by daybreak or he could start for the Patriots on Sunday.

The move will require Peterson to remain away from all team activities while he takes care of his legal proceedings. "The Exempt List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been declared by the Commissioner to be

If the Patriots were to invoke that clause as having been violated by this week’s lawsuit, it’s believed the team could waive Brown with no penalties. Whether or not that is a consideration might ultimately hinge on the information that becomes available in the next few days —whether coming from Brown, his accuser or the talks between the NFL and both of those parties.

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