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Antonio Brown is working out for the New Orleans Saints.
Yes, the same Antonio Brown who 1) reportedly threatened Oakland Raiders GM Mike Mayock and called him a “cracker,” 2) shared a private recorded telephone conversation with head coach Jon Gruden, 3) asked to be released on Instagram, 4) has been accused of several instances of sexual assault by his former trainer including one in which Brown “forcibly raped” her, and sexual misconduct by a second woman, and 5) was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders in March, was released before he ever played a regular season game with Oakland, was then signed by the Patriots and released after playing just one game, and is now working on a rap album titled “No More White Woman 2020.”
NFL Network insider Adam Schefter first reported the news, and Brown later confirmed it on his Instagram account.
Schefter said the Saints were doing their “due diligence,” which it feels like you should be able to do without bringing him in for a workout because, again, see above. But nonetheless, Brown was once again on the NFL’s periphery on Friday morning, inching closer to an unthinkable third team signing him this season.
Brown isn’t currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List (which would prevent him from playing), but on Sept. 20, the NFL released a statement that said: “If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation. … Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies.”
Which is to say, the Saints are diving head first into extremely ethically questionable waters and a potential PR nightmare for a player who may not even be allowed to play football by the NFL.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was already asked about Brown working out for the Saints and dismissed it almost immediately: “I’m focused on Miami. It doesn’t really have anything to do with us.”
The Saints are still in the running for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, but would need both the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers to lose this weekend. If all three teams win, New Orleans would be the No. 3 seed and host a wild card game against the Minnesota Vikings.
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