NFL player Antonio Brown, accused of sexual assault, ruled eligible to play Sunday

Posted: 12:06 PM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 12:06:44-04

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.