NEW YORK — Antonio Brown, the controversial NFL wide receiver accused of raping a former trainer, will be eligible to play Sunday, according to ESPN .
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Brown will not be placed on the “commissioner’a exempt list,” which would have prevented him from making his debut as a New England Patriot Sunday.
The NFL has opened an investigation into a lawsuit by Brown’s former trainer, claiming that the football player sexually assaulted her on three occasions in 2017 and 2018, according to ESPN.
Brown had become a highly controversial figure after his tense departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by another high-profile exit from the Oakland Raiders, from whom he never played a game.
Brown was signed by the Patriots shortly after his release by the Raiders. He did not take the field in last week’s Week 1 game due to eligibility rules relating to his team change.
The Patriots play the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Week 2 of the NFL season.