That’s it for the Patriots and wide out Antonio Brown, who was released on Friday by the Patriots amid allegations of sexual assault.
“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” the team said in a statement.
“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.”
— AB (@AB84) September 20, 2019
The former Steelers and Raiders receiver lasted one memorable game with New England, catching a touchdown in their beat down last Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.
All in all, Brown was with the team for just 11 days. He was signed by New England the same day he was released on September 7th by the Raiders.
New England inked him to a one-year deal that included a $9 million signing bonus. No one expected Brown to last just one game, but the team felt with the latest allegations they really had no choice but to release him.
“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots,” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted following the release.
“But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”
Playing for another team may not come easy for Brown, as the NFL is looking into the latest round of allegations and some feel it’s a matter of time before a suspension of Brown happens.
Thursday night a female artist, who was hired to paint a mural in Brown’s Pittsburgh home in 2017, came forward to Sports Illustrated with accusations regarding the wide receiver making past unwanted advances toward her.
In text messages presented to S.I., Brown questioned the accuser’s allegations and encouraged those in the group text chain to investigate her.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the situation with Brown Friday.
“I know there are questions about Antonio [Brown],” Belichick said. “We take all the situations with our team very seriously. There are some things we’re looking into. But I’m not going to have any comment on the off-the-field situations or questions on that.”