We’re pretty sure that 6ix9ine had nothing to do with it.
As reported by TMZ…
The Patriots issued a statement saying, “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. 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 writing was certainly on the wall … Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shut down a press conference Friday morning because he was sick of answering questions about the WR.
As we previously reported, the Patriots signed Brown on Sept. 7th — hours after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders following multiple issues with Raiders executives.
Brown didn’t sign his contract with the Pats until Sept. 9th. His deal was a 1-year contract worth up to $15 mil with a $9 million signing bonus.
Days after Brown signed his deal with the Pats, a woman named Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit against AB accusing him of forcible rape in 2018, along with 2 allegations of sexual assault in 2017.
Brown has denied all wrongdoing and vowed to explore his own legal options. Brown was not arrested or charged with a crime in that case. Taylor never went to the police.
Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated published a report containing allegations from a 2nd woman who accused Brown of sexual misconduct.
Brown later sent that woman menacing text messages in which Brown directs associates to look into the accuser’s family. He also sent a pic of the accuser’s children.
The NFL was contacted by the woman’s attorney and immediately launched an investigation.
Despite the investigation, Belichick suggested the team was planning on using Brown on Sunday when they take on the NY Jets.
Brown played 24 snaps for the Patriots in his debut with the team against the Dolphins last weekend. He saw 8 passes from Tom Brady, catching four of them for 56 yards and a TD. He also had one rushing attempt for 5 yards.AB has been a superstar in his career on the field, he’s logged at least 100 catches and 1,200 receiving yards in each of the last six seasons.
In his 10-year career, Brown’s scored 75 touchdowns … putting him in a tie for 34th all-time in NFL history.
As for the Raiders, Oakland cut bait with Brown after a string of bizarre behavior including a weird injury in a cryotherapy chamber and issues with his helmet.
Brown also secretly recorded Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and posted the audio online.
The last straw seemed to be when Brown publicly called out Raiders general manager Mike Mayock after the team fined him for missing multiple team activities.
The question now … will another team take a chance on Antonio Brown — or is his NFL career finished?