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NFL Officially Between a Rock and a Hard Place With Antonio Brown After Latest Update

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots runs for the ball against Jomal Wiltz #33 of the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Following a press release from the Allegheny County Police Department, it has been made clear that Antonio Brown will not be facing any criminal charges for at least two of the offenses.

The New England Patriots wide receiver will not face charges on two sexual assault allegations in June 2017 due to the statute of limitations for these crimes, according to police. Under this federal law, sexual assault cases older than two years can not generate a criminal charge.

This gives Roger Goodell quite the tricky situation to navigate.

If Brown were to face criminal charges, Goodell could place him on the commissioner's exempt list while he allows the legal process to take its course. Without these chargers, the means by which the NFL could punish Brown has become extremely limited.

Until these accusations go away, which doesn't appear likely, questions about how the Patriots and league should handle AB will continue to fester until they are proven, one way or another.