Patriots Release Antonio Brown as the Former NFL Star Continues on Self-Destructive, Career-Ruining Path
The Patriots have released WR Antonio Brown less than 2 weeks after signing the troubled NFL star following his release from the Oakland Raiders. Brown played only one game for the Patriots.
The Patriots release Brown after a flurry of sexual assault allegations ranging from a civil suit from his personal trainer to an accusation from an artist that Brown hired back in 2017 that was featured in Sports Illustrated. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Patriots owner Robert Kraft claims he “ would not have signed off” on the Antonio Brown signing had he known about the allegations against him prior to agreeing to terms with the receiver.
Brown’s release comes just hours after text messages he sent to the second accuser were made public. In the text messages, Brown claims the woman made up a “bull shit story” and calls her a “super broke girl”. Bill Belichick was asked about the texts at his Friday presser and refused to answer, walking out on reporters. There was clearly growing frustration between the Patriots and Brown as his issues continued to pile up.
There is some dispute regarding how much money the Patriots will owe Brown after his release. In the latest report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, one NFL executive said “I don’t think he has any money yet so at least they can hold it while they fight about it.” Brown’s deal with the Patriots was supposed to include a $9 million signing bonus.
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