In a move that could come as shocking to some and one that’s just a matter of time for others, the Patriots have officially cut ties with wide receiver Antonio Brown after nearly two weeks of scandals surrounding the new addition.
After a summer full of drama with Brown and the Raiders, a series of allegations, with new details dropped late Thursday night, proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to the receiver’s time in New England.
Brown was at practice Friday ahead of the Patriots’ battle with the Jets on Sunday, and both head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady weren’t in the mood to talk about anything related to Brown’s situation, either avoiding the questions altogether or deflecting the focus to the team as a whole.
Then, a series of Instagram posts started to signal a potential ending for Brown’s time in New England, with the receiver reflecting on his current situation and his time with the team.
First, Brown posted a cryptic photo, with a quote discussing how people try to take down those who have power, with the caption, “Call God.”
Next, Brown posted a photo from his touchdown in Miami with the Patriots, with the caption, “If I’m lying then I’m flying.”
Third, Brown posted a photo featuring Belichick, showing his appreciation for his former head coach that took a chance on him.
Last, but certainly not least, Brown thanked Brady after their one-game stint together in New England:
Finally, a statement from a Patriots spokesperson confirmed the news that Brown was being released, saying the Patriots “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.”
As Brown’s legal woes continue, it’s safe to say no other team will be willing to take a shot at picking up the star receiver. Unless his situation gets cleared up, and figured out quickly, it could be the last football fans see of Brown in an NFL uniform.