The decision to release troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday was ‘jointly determined’ by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be the team’s next (and final) move, and after Kraft became ‘enraged’ upon hearing about Brown’s latest incident, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.
Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.
Yeah, probably never good when you’re away on business and you hear about your already-controversial player, who had been with your team for a grand total of 11 days, intimidating and harassing a woman in a group chat she never asked to be part of.
The 31-year-old Brown’s 11-day Patriot run was basically nothing but off-field nonsense, really.
Brown was hit with a civil lawsuit claiming that he sexually assaulted his ex-trainer three times over a two-year span a day after officially signing with New England. It didn’t take long for additional trouble to come Brown and the Patriots’ way, as Brown was accused of various misconducts and unsavory behavior from others, including his former doctor.
But this latest report was absolutely the last straw for Kraft and the Patriots, and it’s hard to argue with ’em, especially when his camp decided to involve a picture of the accuser’s children in their text exchange.
On the field, Brown appeared in just one game with the Patriots, with four catches, 56 yards, and a touchdown.