Former All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown officially retires from the NFL after almost a year of not playing in the league. Last March, the Steelers traded Brown to the Raiders. This action happened following a series of angry tweets Brown directed towards the team. He then went on to demand a release from the Raiders after the preseason. The Patriots then picked up Brown. He played for the Patriots in Week 1, even catching a touchdown pass. Eventually, the Pats waived him due to sexual harassment accusations.
Brown’s Ongoing Feud With the NFL
Brown has been under investigation by the NFL for the past 11 months. He expressed his frustration with the NFL’s cooperation during the 11 months on Instagram this Wednesday.
“@nfl I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months. You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted. I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it. The fact that you refuse to provide a deadline and the reason for the fact you won’t resolve your investigations is completely unacceptable. I demand you provide me clarity on this situation immediately if you really care about my wellbeing. My legal team continues to ask and you provide no answers. How is it that the league can just drag its feet on any investigation it chooses on players and we just have to sit there in limbo? Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly, they’re waiting on you @nfl let’s get this thing moving! We’ve got history to make!! #Himmothy”
The Ravens and Seahawk were eying Brown. He worked out with Seahawks quarterback’s Russel Wilson and Geno Smith, along with Ravens WR Marquise Brown, his cousin. With the investigation still ongoing, Brown cannot be signed by any team. He also cannot join in on any team practices.
Due to the length of the Antonio Brown investigation by the NFL, it could carry on for as long as fans know. This shows that the NFL may not allow Brown to play for a long time, causing him to retire.