Posted On 20 Sep 2019
The New England Patriots released wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday after just one game with the defending champions amid sexual 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.”
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.
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.