Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stated huge receiver Antonio Brown, who’s at the moment serving an eight-game suspension for a number of violations of the NFL’s private conduct coverage, has “matured” and that quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t chargeable for his recruitment. Brown agreed to a one-year contract with the Bucs on Friday, in keeping with ESPN.
Brown beforehand signed with the New England Patriots final 12 months earlier than being launched after one recreation following a Sports Illustrated report that he despatched threatening textual content messages to a girl who had accused Brown of sexual misconduct.
Arians famous that accidents opened up the chance to signal Brown after bypassing on signing the seven-time Pro Bowler in March, when he stated Brown was “not a fit in our locker room.”
“I think he’s matured, and I believe in second chances,” Arians instructed reporters Sunday. “Everybody wants to say that Tom (Brady) picked him. Tom didn’t have anything to do with it. This was something (Bucs general manager) Jason (Licht) and I had been talking (about) for a couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys. When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him in to what we want to get done? And we’ll see. If Antonio does what I think he’s gonna do, I think he’s gonna be fine.”
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Brady instructed reporters Sunday that he sees Brown as a “tremendous football player” and that he is “looking forward to working with him again.” The earliest Brown might be obtainable is Nov. 9 towards the New Orleans Saints so long as he passes COVID-19 testing and completes his suspension with none extra punishment.
Brown was accused by two girls of sexual misconduct in 2019. In a civil lawsuit filed final September, Brown’s former coach stated he sexually assaulted her on three separate events. A feminine artist additionally instructed Sports Illustrated that when she was portray a portrait in Brown’s Pennsylvania residence in 2017, Brown acted inappropriately by showing bare in a dialog.
“I think you just let the court system do its job,” Arians instructed reporters when requested about what he would inform feminine followers about including Brown. “Allegations – I’ve been around a lot of players that have had allegations that weren’t true, some were – so let the court system handle it. If it’s found out to be true, he won’t be with us.”
The NFL additionally investigated Brown for an alleged home dispute in January 2019. In that incident, Hollywood (Florida) Police Department didn’t make an arrest.
This previous April, Brown was charged with attacking a supply truck driver. He pleaded no contest to a felony housebreaking with battery cost.