Antonio Brown facing automatic 8-game suspension regardless if team signs him

Antonio Brown facing automatic 8-game suspension regardless if team signs him
NFL free agent Antonio Brown appeared at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida via video link Friday, A judge ruled Tuesday that Brown can remove his ankle monitor. (Amy Beth Bennett/Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing an automatic eight-game suspension regardless if any team signs him this season.

Brown’s suspension would be without pay for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

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It’s the latest development in a long series of twists and turns for one of the NFL’s most prolific playmakers on the field.

Early in 2020, Brown surrendered to police in Florida after he faced criminal charges stemming from an incident with the driver of a moving truck. He was eventually allowed to remove his GPS ankle monitor, but still had to check in daily.

Brown announced again on social media in July that he was retiring from the NFL.

The former Steeler, Raider and Patriot player faced numerous lawsuits in various states, including a federal lawsuit in which his former trainer accused him of sexual assault.

The suspension reportedly takes effect Week 1 whether he is on a roster or not. Additionally, this only closes the book on the league’s investigation into Brown’s conduct involving a truck driver. There are still hearings scheduled for the allegations of sexual assault against him.

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