Antonio Brown Address 8-Game Suspension On Instagram After ‘Retiring’ From NFL

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Antonio Brown will not appeal his eight-game suspension. He will serve it and hopefully get his chance to play in the league in the final eight games.

The free agent receiver responded Friday night to news from the NFL earlier in the day.

“I look forward to new beginnings,” Brown wrote on Instagram. “I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve.

“I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon. Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career. #AB2.0 #Himmothy”

The league confirmed the seven-time Pro Bowl selection is eligible to sign with any team and could participate in training camp before the suspension formally begins Sept. 5 ahead of Week 1.

“As part of the discipline, Brown was directed to continue his program of counseling and treatment, and that he is expected fully to cooperate with his clinicians,” the announcement read. “Brown was advised that any future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will likely result in more significant discipline.”

Brown last played for the New England Patriots in September when he only lasted one game before getting cut amid allegations of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and intimidation.