Antonio Brown reverses course, asks NFL for cooperation

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Three days after seemingly announcing his retirement on Twitter, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is now calling on the NFL to facilitate his return to football.

In an Instagram post late Wednesday night, Brown laid out his case for the NFL to come to a conclusion on a months-long investigation into sexual harassment and assault accusations against him.

@nfl I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months. You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted. I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it. The fact that you refuse to provide a deadline and the reason for the fact you won't resolve your investigations is completely unacceptable. I demand you provide me clarity on this situation immediately if you really care about my wellbeing. My legal team continues to ask and you provide no answers. How is it that the league can just drag it's feet on any investigation it chooses on players and we just have to sit there in limbo? Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly, they're waiting on you @nfl let's get this thing moving! We've got history to make!! #Himmothy

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" I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months," Brown wrote. "Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly," said Brown, implying he now wants back into the league. "They’re waiting on you @nfl let’s get this thing moving! We’ve got history to make!!"

Brown also hashtagged his new musical album, Himmothy, which he released Monday night along with his retirement tweets. (That must have just been a coincidence.)

The was time Brown was an NFL field was September 15, 2019, in his lone game with the Patriots. He was released soon after following allegations of sexual assault and personal misconduct. A lone workout with the New Orleans Saints in December is the closest he's been to returning to football.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 23: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 23: Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

While the league investigation into him is still technically open, and Brown isn't officially suspended by the NFL, it is widely suspected that if a team were to sign the 32-year-old superstar, a conclusion and punishment would soon follow.

Before becoming one of the most polarizing figures in football, Brown spent nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and made a name for himself as one of the league's elite receivers. In his last full season (2018), he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-best 15 touchdowns.

Following that season, Brown requested a trade and was sent to the then-Oakland Raiders. Following a number of bizarre incidents including refusing to wear his helmet and freezing his foot, he was released. The Patriots signed him a week later.

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