ESPN reacts to Antonio Brown being released by the Patriots | ESPN Voices
It looks like Antonio Brown‘s (off the field) foolishness has caught up with him. Here’s what that means: Two weeks after signing him, he’s been released by the New England Patriots.
Ouch. That’s got to hurt. All kinds of ways. But, with the mess he’s involved in, he can’t be surprised the team made the move. We know we aren’t.
“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 in a statement.
Here’s more on the situation via ESPN:
Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, Britney Taylor, according to a civil lawsuit she filed Sept. 10, a day after the Patriots signed him. A source told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that Brown declined to sign a $2 million-plus agreement with Taylor in a proposed settlement.
Taylor met with the NFL on Sept. 16. A source had previously told ESPN that there are “more interviews and information gathering being conducted now beyond Taylor.”
It remains unclear when or if Brown will interview with the league.
In addition to the lawsuit, Brown faces another allegation of sexual misconduct by a female artist who was working at his Western Pennsylvania home in 2017. That allegation was part of a Sports Illustrated report that detailed domestic incidents involving Brown, a charity auction theft and multiple unpaid debts.On Thursday, the lawyer for the artist reached out to the NFL after Brown apparently sent what were described as threatening text messages to her client.
According to a statement from the woman’s attorneys, the Patriots then directed Brown to have no further contact with the woman.
As far as on the field action, last Sunday in Miami Brown made his debut with the Patriots the Dolphins, hauling in four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.
Yesterday at the Patriots’ press conference, Brown answered four questions from reporters, which marked the first time he had addressed the media since joining the team. He was not directly asked about the civil lawsuit, or the allegation of sexual misconduct.
“I’m just here to focus on ball,” Brown said in an interview that lasted just one minute, when asked if he had heard from the NFL about his availability.
Somewhere, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders are thanking God that this fool was removed from their teams.