New England Patriots Cut Ties With Antonio Brown

The 31-year-old is gone after less than two weeks with the Patriots

Antonio Brown Released By New England Patriots
Antonio Brown has been cut. (Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / September 20, 2019 4:28 pm

After less than two weeks, the Patriots have decided Antonio Brown can’t do anything for them.

In the wake of new allegations that Brown sent threatening text messages to a woman who had accused him of sexual assault this week while he was a member of the Patriots, New England released the mercurial wide receiver on Friday afternoon.

The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport and confirmed by Brown on Twitter.

“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.”

Dianna Russini of ESPN reached out to a source within the team for a reaction to the news. “Self-inflicted wounds, we are not surprised,” the source replied.

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe echoed those sentiments. “Antonio Brown would have been fine had he not sent those text messages Wednesday night,” Volin wrote on Twitter. “He is the king of self-inflicted damage. He did it in Oakland, and again in New England.”

The move ends one of the most tumultuous signings in New England’s history and leaves uncertainty about Brown’s future in the NFL.

For his part, Brown seems confident he has one.

Vegas also apparently thinks Brown has a future in the league — this year.

As does his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

The Patriots signed Brown to a $10 million contract after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders prior to Week 1 of the season, but they were not due to pay him the first of two bonus installments until Monday. As of now, it sounds like Brown may not get any cash from the team outside of his game checks.

Brown played a single game in New England. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

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