Roger Goodell on Antonio Brown: 'We Want to Help Him Get on the Right Track'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2020

NFL free agent Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link  Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Brown was granted bail on Friday after spending the night in a Florida jail. The wide receiver will have to pay a bond of $110,000, surrender his passport, wear a monitor, get mental health evaluation and pass random drug tests. He also can't have guns. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)
Amy Beth Bennett/Associated Press

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league's main focus when it comes to free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is his personal well-being, not its investigation into sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations made against him by multiple women in September.

"We want to help get him on the right track," Goodell told reporters during his Super Bowl LIV press conference. "We want to work to do that. That's the first step."

Brown, who was released by the Patriots after the second woman said he sent her threatening text messages after her story went public, remained a free agent for the remainder of the 2019 season. The NFL began investigating the allegations shortly after the lawsuit was filed, but the results of that probe haven't been announced.

The 31-year-old Miami native initially responded by saying he was done with the league.

"Will not be playing in the NFL anymore," he wrote on Twitter in September. "These owners can cancel deals, do whatever they want at anytime. We will see if the NFLPA hold them accountable, sad they can just void guarantees anytime. Going on 40 [million in two] months, will see if they pay up!"

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who's since conditionally terminated his professional relationship with Brown, stated a few days later he understood the receiver wanted another NFL opportunity.

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"I believe that Antonio wants to continue his career in the NFL. I have had discussions with a few teams that are very interested in him and want to know about his future and what's going on with the NFL," Rosenhaus said on the 99 Problems podcast (via ESPN). "Hopefully, when that is all resolved, Antonio will be able to continue his Hall of Fame career."

Meanwhile, Brown faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief after a moving truck driver alleged he was attacked by Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, and they threw rocks at his vehicle following a payment dispute last week, per Curt Anderson of the Associated Press.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers star was originally placed on house arrest after being released on $110,000 bond, but a Florida judge ruled Tuesday he could travel throughout the United States to "fulfill contractual obligations" if he checked in with court personnel daily. However, he is still required to turn in his passport, submit to a mental health evaluation and random drug testing and possess no weapons or ammunition to remain on bail.

In April, Brown settled a lawsuit related to an incident at a South Florida apartment complex where furniture was thrown from a 14th-floor balcony to the ground.

He's also filed a countersuit against Britney Taylor, his former personal trainer who accused him of rape in the September lawsuit, alleging defamation.