“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” a Patriots workforce spokesperson mentioned in a press release on Friday afternoon. “We recognize the exhausting work of many individuals over the previous 11 days, however we really feel that it’s best to maneuver in a distinct path at the moment.”
Brown — who performed in his lone sport in a Patriots uniform final Sunday, scoring a landing in opposition to the Miami Dolphins — took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, thanking the Patriots for the chance and saying, “The marathon continues.”
In a tweet, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, commented on the discharge.
Regardless of Brown being launched, a league spokesperson mentioned “the NFL investigation is ongoing and can proceed.”
In response to the Patriots’ transfer, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, attorneys for the unnamed accuser, launched a press release, saying: “The NFL and the Patriots clearly took our shopper’s issues critically. She wished the threats and intimidation to cease and we hope that shall be case.”
The attorneys’ assertion Friday included a replica of the letter to NFL officers.
In it, they write that Brown texted the girl after Sports activities Illustrated reported the girl’s sexual misconduct accusations and his alleged response.
They are saying Brown included the girl in a sequence of group textual content messages, claiming she was out to get cash together with her story. In these messages, Brown requested others to look into the girl’s background and included a photograph of her youngsters, Banks wrote.
Sports activities Illustrated had reported that the girl, an artist employed to color a mural inside Brown’s residence in Pittsburgh in 2017, mentioned the athlete appeared bare behind her on her second day of labor, holding a small hand towel over his genitals. Banks says the texts messages got here after the publication of Monday’s SI report and her shopper thought-about them threats.
In a tweet Monday, lawyer Darren Heitner denied the artist’s allegations. CNN reached out to Heitner and Rosenhaus in regards to the allegations of threatening texts, however did not get a response.
On the finish of his opening tackle to reporters on Friday — earlier than the workforce introduced Brown’s launch — Belichick did acknowledge Brown, saying: “I do know there are questions on Antonio. We take all of the conditions with our workforce very critically. There are some issues that we’re wanting into. However I am not going to have any touch upon any of the off-the-field conditions or questions on that.”
Through the information convention, Belichick was requested if he anticipated Brown could be accessible for Sunday’s sport in opposition to the New York Jets. Belichick responded by saying, “He is on our roster.”
After Belichick acquired one other query about Brown, the coach mentioned: “I believe I’ve already addressed this, so we’ll prepare for the Jets right here. Joyful to reply any soccer questions. The remainder of it … I am accomplished with the remainder of it.”
The subsequent query was about Brown, prompting Belichick to say, “I am good. OK? Thanks.” He then walked off.
The media availability lasted roughly three minutes, 30 seconds.