Roger Goodell (kind of) gives update on NFL's investigation into Antonio Brown

Ryan Hannable
October 16, 2019 - 1:14 pm

On Sept. 20, the day the Patriots released Antonio Brown, the NFL released a statement regarding the wide receiver.

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"Antonio Brown was released today by the New England Patriots and is currently an unrestricted free agent," it read. "Our office is presently investigating multiple allegations, some of which are the subject of pending litigation. We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues. The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously. 

"As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner's exempt list is not appropriate. 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."

It's been a little less than a month since this statement was made with no real update, until Wednesday at the NFL fall league meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked where the investigation stands.

“We are still working at that," he told reporters. "I probably will be getting an update when I get back to New York, but our focus has been working diligently on that — going through materials, there’s a lot of material to go through. When we reach a conclusion, we’ll obviously let you know.”

Brown remains a free agent, but reportedly wants to return to the NFL soon.

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