The league is “not even close” to making a ruling about Brown’s playing status, according to that person, who added that NFL investigators probably will have to follow up on statements made by Brown and perhaps will have further interviews with other witnesses.
“Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this … unfairly!” Brown initially wrote on Twitter. “Making money off my sweat and blood.”
Brown also used profanities to write that he will “never play” in the NFL. He wrote that the league “treat[s] black people the worse!” and said he is seeking to “[c]lear my name.”
By Thursday afternoon, Brown had walked back his earlier comments.
“I’m just very frustrated right now with the false allegations and slander to my name,” he tweeted. “I love football and I miss it. I just want to play and I’m very emotional about that. I’m determined to make my way back to the NFL asap[.]”
The league also said when Brown was released by the New England Patriots in September that it would consider putting him on paid administrative leave via placement on the commissioner’s exempt list if he’s signed by a team. If he’s on that list, Brown would be paid by his team but would be ineligible to participate in practices or attend games.
That list is designed to be used until the NFL makes a decision about a possible suspension without pay under the personal conduct policy. There has been speculation that several teams would be interested in signing Brown, 31, once his playing status is resolved.
He was accused of rape and sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former college classmate who worked for him as a trainer, Britney Taylor. Brown denied the allegations through his attorney and has not been charged with a crime.
Another woman accused Brown of sending threatening text messages to her. That woman said Brown hired her to paint a mural in his home but cut off contact with her after she ignored his unwanted sexual advance.
He missed time because of injuries to his feet suffered while undergoing cryotherapy treatments and while pursuing two failed grievances against the NFL seeking to be permitted to wear a helmet not up to the league’s safety standards. He also was fined by the Raiders for a practice-field verbal confrontation with General Manager Mike Mayock.
Brown has filed grievances attempting to force the Raiders and Patriots to make nearly $40 million in payments to him, withheld by the teams based on his conduct, under the terms of his contracts.