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Antonio Brown reacts to suspension, promises 'best season of my career'

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Antonio Brown vowed to deliver "the best season" of his career after the wide receiver learned he would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL season.

The 32-year-old finally discovered his fate Friday as the league suspended the seven-time Pro Bowler for half of the 2020 regular season due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy." Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation following accusations of sexual misconduct and an incident in January where the receiver pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges.

He has remained unsigned since last September, when he was cut by the Patriots after just one game having previously been released by the Raiders, for whom he never played a down before being let go amid a slew of off-field incidents.

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Despite announcing his retirement earlier in the month, and at various points in the offseason, Brown said on Instagram he expects to play in 2020. 

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"I look forward to new beginnings," Brown wrote. "I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great team-mate. 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."

Brown signed off the post with the hashtag "#AB2.0."

Having entered the league with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson this week lobbied for Brown to return to the AFC North and join the quarterback with the Ravens, where his cousin, Marquise Brown, currently plays.