By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
It would be great if the Antonio Brown-Patriots saga would end, but Brown can't keep the Patriots out of his mouth.
The now-former Patriots receiver went on a tweetstorm Sunday morning in which he called out Robert Kraft and several other notable figures around the NFL for their own transgressions. He said in his first tweet Sunday that he's done playing in the NFL and called out all 32 owners, who he says "can cancel deals [and] do whatever they want at anytime".
His second tweet called out Kraft specifically, referencing his own legal troubles. The Patriots owner is fighting charges of soliciting a prostitute at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The since-deleted tweet had the caption: "Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly ????????"
Brown also called out his former quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who got suspended two games in 2010 for violating the personal conduct policy amid accusations of sexual assault. In addition he called out former NFL tight end and Fox Sports 1 analyst Shannon Sharpe, who was accused of sexual assault in 2010. (Update: Brown has deleted the tweets criticizing Kraft, Sharpe, and Roethlisberger, but left up his first tweet criticizing NFL owners.)
It appears that Brown is also launching a legal battle against the Patriots. According to Chris Mortensen, Brown is filing a grievance to recoup his $10 million in guarantees. As is standard in contracts, the Patriots included language where they could void his guarantees if he engaged in conduct that damaged the image of the team. Brown's first tweet implies that he won't be getting his money back, though. Sounds like Kraft will be able to "cancel" Brown's deal.
And now, after Sunday's tweets, it seems like Brown is gladly burning the bridge between himself and the entire National Football League.
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