Antonio Brown was launched by the New England Patriots on Friday after a second girl accused him of sexual misconduct — the third group in seven months to tire of the off-field conduct that has overshadowed his accomplishments as one of many NFL’s most prolific receivers for a decade.
The defending Tremendous Bowl champions introduced the transfer in an announcement emailed to reporters, three minutes after Brown posted on Twitter: “Thanks for the chance @Patriots #GoWinIt.”
Already going through a civil swimsuit claiming that he raped a former coach, Brown was accused in a Sports activities Illustrated story printed on Monday of exposing himself to an artist he employed to color a mural at his residence. He has denied each allegations.
However the Patriots reduce ties with the four-time All-Professional after only one recreation.
The assertion attributed to “a Patriots spokesperson” stated, in its entirety: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We admire the onerous work of many individuals over the previous 11 days, however we really feel that it’s best to maneuver in a unique course right now.”
Patriots coach Invoice Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady each declined to touch upon Brown throughout their scheduled media availability Friday, a couple of hours earlier than Brown was launched. Belichick stated throughout the morning that the group was trying into “some issues,” then cut off his news conference when reporters continued to ask about Brown.
Requested if he anticipated Brown to play in Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the New York Jets, Belichick stated, “He’s on the roster.”
About 5 hours later, he wasn’t.
“It’s unlucky issues didn’t work out with the Patriots,” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus tweeted. “However Antonio is wholesome and is trying ahead to his subsequent alternative within the NFL. He desires to play the sport he loves and he hopes to play for an additional group quickly.”
Brown has been sued by former coach Britney Taylor, who claimed Brown sexually assaulted her on three events, together with rape. Though the allegations grew to become public final week, Brown practiced with the Patriots, then performed on Sunday in a 43-Zero rout of Miami, scoring a landing.
Taylor had a prolonged assembly with the NFL this week.
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The AP doesn’t sometimes establish individuals who say they’re victims of sexual assault until they arrive ahead publicly, however Taylor was recognized within the federal lawsuit and was quoted in an announcement offered by her lawyer.
In response to a Sports activities Illustrated story, a second girl, who as a sufferer of sexual harassment is just not being recognized, was working at Brown’s residence when she circled to seek out him standing there bare apart from a small towel overlaying his genitals.
After the article ran, the journal reported, the lady “acquired what she characterised as intimidating texts” from Brown that included photos of her youngsters.
“She acquired a gaggle textual content message that appeared to return from the identical telephone quantity Brown offered to her in 2017,” the journal stated. “The particular person she believes is Brown encouraging others within the group to analyze the lady. The texter accused the artist of fabricating her account of the 2017 incident for money.”
Attorneys for the lady stated in an announcement that the league and the Patriots “took our consumer’s considerations severely.”
“She wished the threats and intimidation to cease and we hope that shall be case,” stated an announcement emailed to reporters from attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz. “The NFL has assured us that no matter Antonio Brown’s roster standing, it should proceed to analyze all claims relating to his conduct.”
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Additionally this week, Nike reduce ties with the receiver, saying in an e-mail to The Related Press on Friday, “Antonio Brown is just not a Nike athlete.”
A four-time All-Professional who caught 837 passes over 9 seasons with the Steelers, Brown wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh after he went lacking for 2 days earlier than the 2018 season finale. The Steelers traded him to Oakland, which signed him to a contract that will have paid him as much as $50 million over the subsequent three seasons.
However he by no means performed a recreation for the Raiders, quarreling with the coach and normal supervisor till they, too, launched him. The Patriots signed him only some hours later, giving him a one-year deal that will have assured him $9 million and paid him as much as $15 million this season.