Antonio Brown Released By New England Patriots Amid NFL Investigation

The Antonio Brown era in New England lasted less than two week and just one game as the Patriots released the wide receiver on Friday.

What We Know:

  • The Patriots released the wide receiver with allegations of sexual assault towards now two victims.
  • The team released a statement saying, “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.”
  • Before the Patriots announced the move, Brown indicated his time in New England was over via multiple social media posts.

  • Days after Brown signed his deal with the Patriots, Brown’s former trainer Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit against AB accusing him of forcible rape.
  • Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated published a report containing allegations from a female artist who was hired to paint a mural in Brown’s Pittsburgh home. She accused Brown of sexual misconduct towards her.
  • Brown later sent out a group text message tagging the woman questioning the accuser’s allegations and encouraged those in the group text chain to investigate her.
  • The NFL is investigating those allegations and the text messages sent by Brown.
  • When the Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Brown’s role in New England’s Week 3 game against the New York Jets, Belichick said, “Uh, no. I’m not going to get into that. We’re going to do what’s best for our team like we always do.”

Five hours later, Brown was released.