Throughout the last few years, Antonio Brown has been hampered by concerning legal issues off the field. Brown‘s serious matters away from his craft put his NFL career in doubt by keeping him out of the league. The star wideout has now cleared another critical legal hurdle that brightens his NFL future ahead.
Antonio Brown makes his NFL comeback
After spending more than a year out of the league, Antonio Brown returned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown quickly became a significant factor in the offense as one of Tom Brady’s favorite passing game options. In eight games, he recorded 45 catches on 61 targets for 483 receiving yards.
The 32-year-old proved to be a pivotal factor in Super Bowl 55 with five catches for 22 receiving yards and a touchdown. Beyond his success on the football field, Brown has now experienced another situation work in his favor.
Antonio Brown just cleared a critical legal hurdle that brightens his NFL future
Since September 2019, Antonio Brown has dealt with a sexual assault lawsuit involving his former trainer Britney Taylor.
There were lingering concerns regarding the matter, but a resolution has panned out in his favor. According to ESPN, Brown and Taylor reached an agreement on the civil dispute on Wednesday.
Taylor’s agent, David Haas, released a public statement on the situation, voicing that the two have decided to “move on” from the case.
“Antonio and Britney have been friends for over a decade. Several years ago they almost became business partners,” Haas said. “Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation. Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on.
“Antonio is grateful for Britney’s excellent training assistance. They are pleased that Antonio is doing so well with the Bucs and has a ring. Their dispute is resolved and they wish each other great continued success,”
The lawsuit stated that Brown had sexually assaulted Taylor on three separate instances between 2017 and 2018. The star wideout then countersued Taylor in 2019 for defamation and interference with his NFL contracts and endorsement deals.
Despite all that, Brown can finally move forward with the last of his legal problems now behind him. There is no telling if the NFL will proceed with any punishment, but the result of the case may push the league only to keep note of it moving forward.
A return to the Buccaneers may lie ahead
With Antonio Brown’s legal situation resolved, the star wide receiver can focus entirely on figuring out his NFL future.
Brown holds a strong desire to continue playing for the Buccaneers, especially after helping them win Super Bowl 55. The 32-year-old also put up respectable numbers in his limited action in the 2020 season.
Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht voiced on Wednesday that resolving the civil case certainly helps the situation, but it’s not a deciding factor toward working out a deal.
“To have this resolved, it certainly helps,” LIcht said via Grace Remington of CBS Tampa. “That’s not necessarily the deciding factor of whether or not we’re going to continue to talk.”
These comments don’t exactly mean a return to Tampa Bay is a lock, but it shows that the team is keeping tabs on Brown. Various reports have indicated that money has remained the most significant element in the discussions.
The Buccaneers have done an incredible job this offseason of retaining the bulk of their free agents, with Brown being the last big name on the list. Time will tell if the two sides can work out a deal in the coming weeks.