Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown has received an eight-game suspension for free for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday.
Brown has been the subject of an NFL investigation following a lawsuit filed by his former trainer allegedly sexually assaulted by Brown on several occasions. Brown was also charged with sexual conduct in his home by an artist who worked there in 2017.
The wide receiver said his sexual relationship with the coach was consensual, and Brown met with the NFL in November as part of the investigation.
When announcing the suspension, the NFL said Brown was directed to continue counseling and treatment. The league also said any other breaches are likely to result in harsher discipline.
Brown last played for the New England Patriots in September 2019. The Patriots left him a week later, and he hasn’t been signed by a team since.
If Brown signs with a team before the regular season, he is allowed to take part in pre-season activities. The suspension takes effect after the final roster drop on Sept. 5, and he will be eligible to return after the team plays eight games.