Antonio Brown’s chances of returning to the NFL perhaps are slightly higher after Friday.
The elite wide receiver will avoid any jail time after pleading no contest to charges brought against him for felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief after a January incident involving a moving truck driver.
He will face some repercussions, however, after a judge sentenced him to two years probation, 100 hours of community service, a psychological evaluation and a mandatory 13-week anger management course, per TMZ.
But Brown now will be allowed to travel throughout the country for work under the terms of his probation, which absolutely would be necessary if he wants to make an NFL roster this season.
#BREAKING @AB84 changes plea to no contest in moving truck driver battery case. Judge sentences Brown to 2 years probation, and orders him to undergo psychological eval and take 13-week anger management course. Under probation, Brown can travel nationwide for work. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/Dtu3s3mrC3
— owenized (@SteveOwenTV) June 12, 2020
Whether this will be enough to convince a team to sign him is to be determined, as there’s been no update on the league’s investigation into a rape allegation against Brown that emerged in September while he already was on thin ice for his erratic behavior with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.
“With this matter now resolved and behind him, Mr. Brown looks forward to continuing his cooperation with the NFL and resuming his phenomenal professional career,” Brown’s lawyer, Carson Hancock, said in a statement.
“He has achieved so much throughout his life from both a personal and professional standpoint, and will continue to do so.”
Statement from Antonio Brown’s attorney, Carson Hancock, on the resolution of the free-agent receiver's felony burglary and assault/battery case. Brown’s status with the NFL remains under review. pic.twitter.com/q36RnHWirz
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 12, 2020
Hopefully, the All-Pro wideout can straighten things our from here.