Antonio Brown Still Has Another Massive Hurdle Blocking His NFL Return

It has been a bumpy road for Antonio Brown that saw his NFL future up in the air. The star wide receiver‘s actions away from the field put him in a tight spot of being held out of the league due to an ongoing investigation into his legal issues. The NFL finally came down with a lengthy suspension, but that doesn’t appear to be the end of the road for Brown as he could have more problems ahead.

Antonio Brown handed eight-game suspension

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Antonio Brown went from an NFL fixture to being without a job in the league.

Brown has had several concerning off-the-field situations arise that landed him in serious legal issues. The 32-year-old faced a lengthy investigation by the league that prevented him from playing another game since he was let go by the New England Patriots.

Following clamoring for the NFL to decide on his status, it was announced on Friday that he is suspended for the first eight weeks of the 2020 campaign for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. That brings much-needed clarity to the front for how long Brown will be out of action next season. It’s something that moves a significant hurdle out of the way.

However, it doesn’t look like that could be for Brown dealing with league punishment.

Antonio Brown could face more punishment

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The NFL finally moved to lay down a suspension on Antonio Brown for his off-the-field legal matters.

There is more clarity on that front as the suspension stems from the incident in January that he pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery and two lesser misdemeanor charges from a case involving a matter with a moving truck company at his home. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the NFL’s investigation into the sexual misconduct charges against him is still open.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league’s investigation regarding whether Brown committed sexual assault and/or rape of his former trainer remains open. According to the source, no conclusions have been reached in that investigation. If a further violation is found, Brown would be subject to further discipline.

That leaves the door open to Brown facing more punishment from the league. It’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved through the court system and could easily land him in more trouble. Brown is still leading with that case that can make its way through the civil court.The NFL will wait to decide once the case is finalized, as that will determine if there is any additional punishment needed. It should be noted that Brown will not be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list, but that could change.

NFL teams will monitor the situation

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What that means for any interested team in Antonio Brown will have to wait longer for clarity on his punishment.

Brown received what he wanted with his suspension, it’s just a matter of getting that serious legal matter sorted out. If things work in his favor, a road back to the NFL is certainly plausible. Teams such as the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens could explore the route of bringing him aboard.

There isn’t any rush to get him on an NFL roster, which should allow the rest of the league matters to be resolved. Time will tell if and when he will get that next opportunity in the league.