On Friday we learned that former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Initially, Brown didn’t react to the suspension on social media, or indicate whether he might appeal the NFL’s ruling.
But we have since learned that Brown doesn’t plan to appeal the suspension, which his agent Ed Wasielewski confirmed via tweet, saying: “Antonio accepts [the] decision and will not appeal. He is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season.”
The NFL has reached its decision to suspend my client Antonio Brown @AB84 for 8 games. Antonio accepts this decision and will not appeal. He is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season.
— Ed Wasielewski (@ed_waz) July 31, 2020
The suspension begins week one of the regular season, regardless of whether Brown is on an NFL roster. If he signs a contract the suspension will last through his team’s eighth game. The league could also extend Brown’s suspension if further violations are found related to an ongoing civil suit in Florida.
Brown played in only one NFL game last season—for the New England Patriots—but it earned him a tidy sum of money, as he recently settled a grievance related to his Patriots contract for $5 million. In the wake of that settlement he celebrated his 32nd birthday—with a cake that can only be described as quintessentially A.B.
Antonio Brown: ‘I Look Forward to New Beginnings’
Meanwhile, Antonio Brown has said that he is looking forward to returning to professional football; never mind his most recent threats to retire.
In a post on Instagram, Brown wrote: “I look forward to new beginnings. I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve,” he said, before adding:
“I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon…. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career.”
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