Peter King: NFL Must Decide On Antonio Brown

Brown has been accused of a heinous crime but has not been charged criminally; thus, can the NFL prevent him from playing football?

Tiki and Tierney
November 21, 2019 - 10:03 am
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Antonio Brown apologized to the New England Patriots on social media Tuesday, expressing remorse for “the bad media” and “the drama” he brought to the organization.

Brandon Tierney, like many, questions the validity of Brown’s remorse. It seems, more than anything, like desperation.

“I would not sign him,” NFL insider Peter King said on Tiki & Tierney. “I just wouldn’t. I think he’s a divisive guy, and he’s a selfish guy, so I wouldn’t have him on my team. But having said that, he has been without work unpaid for nine weeks even though he has not been charged in a criminal case. He’s been charged in a civil case, but he’s not been charged in a criminal case.”

Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape in September. He has denied the allegations and in, fact, countersued the alleged victim, Britney Taylor, for defamation.

“At some point, the NFL has to make a decision about whether they’re going to allow him to be free to sign with a team or whether they’re not,” King said. “I think it is hard in this society of human rights to tell somebody he has been accused of something and charged in a civil case with something – heinous, by the way – but has not been charged criminally at all. At some point, you have to say do we really have the right to prevent this guy from playing football?”

It wouldn’t be surprising to see a team take a chance on Brown in 2020.

“I believe that if he signs with a team, there’s a good chance there’s going to be  a bunch of women outside the stadium on Sunday picketing and demonstrating against him,” King said. “But is that definite? No. Should that absolutely matter? I think it should matter, but it probably shouldn’t eliminate that as a consideration. It would be hard for me to bring him back and sign him.”

Click below to listen to King’s interview in its entirety.