Here’s what we know:
- Antonio Brown has been accused of sexual assault
- Antonio Brown practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday, the day after the allegations surfaced
- Players who practice on Wednesday usually play on Sunday
- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have declined to speak on the allegations
- The Patriots have made no indication that they’ll be cutting ties with Antonio Brown
- If they do cut ties, they’re still Super Bowl favorites
That’s it. That’s where we are. Whether or not you think Brown is a bad person should not factor into your opinion on this particular issue. This should be treated the same way as Peyton Manning’s sexual assault accusations in 1996, which resurfaced after the alleged victim spoke out in 2016. Ben Roethlisberger, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, and Julian Edelman have also been accused of sexual misconduct in the past. None of them were found guilty and none of them lost their job.
I’m not saying that this is the same scenario, I’m just saying that it’s never wise to jump to conclusions. Of course sexual assault is a heinous crime and should never be taken lightly. I just hate even having to talk about this before we know the facts. The bottom line is that we have a great team with or without Antonio Brown. We saw it on Sunday. If he’s guilty then he deserves to never play football again and the Patriots won’t suffer because of it. As of right now they’re letting him suit up and everybody is focusing on the task at hand. We’re on to Miami.