Corey Dillon on OMF: Let Antonio Brown play

Nick Friar
September 13, 2019 - 6:06 pm

The NFL has given the Patriots all the power regarding Antonio Brown’s availability on Sunday. On Friday, the league decided it would not place the wide receiver on the commissioner exempt list because there isn’t a criminal investigation, making him eligible for the game against the Dolphins.

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But the Patriots could decide to hold Brown out. Whether it’s the allegations or Bill Belichick feels wide receiver isn’t ready, the NFL giving New England the green light doesn’t mean the Patriots have to or will take advantage of it.

Among those who think Belichick should utilize Brown on Sunday is retired Patriots running back Corey Dillon.

“Everybody should take a step back. I mean, presume he’s innocent until proven guilty, right?” Dillon said during an appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. “Listen, I’m not casting him out or throwing stones at him. He’s innocent until proven guilty. So let him play. That’s obvious.”

Additionally, Dillon questions how the NFL has handled the slew of off-field issues it’s been faced with through the years.

“It’s like they’re their own court of law," he said. "Say, for instance, somebody gets in trouble, they have their day in court and they’re found not guilty. Where they coming off doing something different than what was already ruled in the court of law. I don’t understand that.

“If the guy goes to court, he’s found not guilty there shouldn’t be (any) punishment whatsoever. But if he goes to court and he’s found guilty, all right, do what you got to do.”