NFL releases statement, which acknowledges league office investigating multiple allegations against Antonio Brown

By WEEI 93.7

Hours after the Patriots released Antonio Brown amid multiple allegations, the NFL released a statement.

Within the statement it acknowledged the league is investigating "multiple allegations" and also said because Brown is a free agent he cannot be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list.

Here is the statement: "Antonio Brown was released today by the New England Patriots and is currently an unrestricted free agent.  Our office is presently investigating multiple allegations, some of which are the subject of pending litigation.  We have as yet made no findings regarding these issues.  The investigation is ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously. 

"As long as Mr. Brown is a free agent, placement on the Commissioner's exempt list is not appropriate.  If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.  Upon the conclusion of the investigation, he may also be subject to discipline if the investigation finds that he has violated the law or league policies."

The Patriots will take on the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.