Pete Carroll Discusses Antonio Brown, Seahawks Rumors: 'Very Complex Situation'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The NFL Draft is April 23-25. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll isn't ruling out the possibility of his team signing wide receiver Antonio Brown

"It's a very complex situation," he said, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road."

This comes after Peter King suggested in his Football Morning in America column he could envision a scenario where the NFC West team signed Brown because "Russell Wilson is a fan and wants it to happen, [and] Pete Carroll isn't afraid of risky guys."

The Seahawks or any other team that signs Brown will not have him on the field until Week 9 at the earliest.

On Friday, the NFL announced it suspended the free agent pass-catcher for eight games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Brown did not plan to appeal but noted the league could add to the punishment depending on the results of a pending civil case with a scheduled hearing for Sept. 15.

Pelissero noted the league is still investigating allegations from Britney Taylor, who was Brown's former trainer who accused him of sexual assault and rape:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

So this eight-game suspension for free-agent WR Antonio Brown closes the NFL's personal conduct investigation into a felony case involving a truck driver, and an allegation by an artist. Investigation into allegations by former trainer ongoing. (@RobertKlemko 1st on suspension)

Taylor met with league investigators in September.

In addition to Taylor's allegations, Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated reported another woman accused Brown of sexual misconduct after the wide receiver hired her to paint a mural at his home. 

The New England Patriots eventually released Brown after the second woman, who also met with NFL investigators in September, told Klemko that Brown sent her threatening text messages.

Brown also pleaded no contest in June to charges of "battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief less than $1,000" after he allegedly assaulted a moving truck driver in Florida in January. He was sentenced to two years probation and was required to complete community service, an anger management course and a psychiatric evaluation.