Patriots Release WR Antonio Brown

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The Patriots have released WR Antonio Brown, Ian Rapoport has confirmed.

Brown broke the news himself on his Twitter, posting the following series of tweets:

After a tumultuous end to his tenure with the Raiders without ever playing a game, the Patriots took a chance on Brown by signing him to a one-year contract worth $15 million. The deal included a $9 million signing bonus. The Pats quickly added a $20 million option for a second year.

Shortly after signing, allegations against Brown of sexual assault and rape surfaced. Brown’s accuser, former trainer Britney Taylor, met with the NFL for 10 hours about the allegations on Monday.

Later in the week, a second accuser who worked on a mural at Brown’s home, accused him of sexual misconduct. Nike cut ties with Brown on Thursday.

Today, it was learned Brown was accused of sending intimidating text messages to the second accuser, which appears to have been the final straw that ended Brown’s brief tenure with the Patriots.

In one game with the Pats, Brown was targeted eight times and hauled in four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. He rushed one time for five yards.