Patriots release Antonio Brown amid r*pe allegations
The Antonio Brown era has ended in New England.
The New England Patriots released wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday after just one game with the defending champions amid s*xual assault allegations.
“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time,” the team said Friday afternoon.
At about the same time, Brown tweeted: “Thanks for the opportunity appreciate @Patriots.”
— AB (@AB84) September 20, 2019
The Patriots signed Brown after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders over disagreements about the helmet he’d wear and a reported confrontation with the team’s general manager.
After New England signed him, Brown was accused of sexually assaulting a trainer, according to a lawsuit she filed. His lawyers have denied all allegations stemming from the lawsuit.
The Patriots dropped Brown a day after Nike confirmed it had parted ways with the mercurial wide receiver. He “hopes to play for another team” this season.
And earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reported that Brown allegedly sent “intimidating” text messages to a second woman, who also accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
He called this woman “super broke” and threatened to “look up her background,” according to her lawyers, who sent copies of the text messages to NFL offices and the Patriots on Thursday.
“We have included the relevant text messages here, which are clearly in violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, as they amount to ‘stalking, harassment, or other forms of intimidation,’ ” the woman’s lawyer Lisa Banks wrote.
“We request that the NFL conduct an appropriate investigation into Mr. Brown’s threatening actions and also take steps to ensure that he and his associates immediately cease their harassment and intimidation of our client and her family.”
Hours before the player was released, Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked out of a press conference when reporters asked him several Brown-related questions.
“I think I’ve already addressed this. So we’re going to get ready for the Jets here, happy to answer any football questions,” the coach said. “But the rest of it, I’m done with the rest of it.”
When the Brown questions kept coming, Belichick beat a hasty retreat from the podium and said: “I’m good, OK, thank you.”
In Brown’s lone game for New England, a 43-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday, he caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady and led the team in receiving yards.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 20, 2019
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Patriots Release WR Antonio Brown; Announce Practice Squad Moves
The New England Patriots announced that they have released WR Antonio Brown. Additionally, New England has signed LB Scooby Wright to the practice squad and released DL Gerri Green from the practice squad.
Brown, 31, was signed by New England on Sept. 9, 2019. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18). Brown originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (195th overall) of Pittsburgh out of Central Michigan in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was traded by Pittsburgh to Oakland on March 13, 2019 and released by Oakland on Sept. 7, 2019.
Brown has played in 131 games with 103 starts and totaled 841 receptions for 11,263 yards and 75 touchdown receptions. He also has 32 rushing attempts for 124 yards, 186 punt returns for 1,759 yards and four touchdowns and 47 kickoff returns for 1,173 yards and one touchdown. He has played in 10 postseason games with six starts, tallying 51 receptions for 837 yards and four touchdowns.
Wright, 25, was originally signed by the Patriots on Aug. 25 and released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-foot, 247-pounder entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (250th overall) of the Cleveland Browns out of Arizona in the 2016 NFL Draft. He began his rookie season on Cleveland’s 53-man roster before being released and signed to the practice squad. Wright was signed by Arizona off the Cleveland practice squad on Dec. 13, 2016, and played in the final three games of the season. He split the 2017 season between the Arizona practice squad and 53-man roster, seeing action in 10 games. Wright was released by Arizona at the end of training camp last season.
Green, 23, was signed by New England to the practice squad on Sept. 2. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. He appeared in 52 career games with 27 starts for the Bulldogs and totaled 161 tackles, 8½ sacks, nine passes defensed, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a team captain in 2018, Green started all 13 games and posted 31 tackles, 3½ sacks and one pass defensed. He was released by the Colts on Aug. 31, 2019.