By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
If Antonio Brown has any prayer of somehow re-signing with the Patriots - this season, or ever again - an apology to Robert Kraft was an ancillary but very necessary first step to making it a possibility.
Well that's happened now. Brown has delivered the 2019 version of a formal apology to Kraft and the Patriots organization. His mea culpa came through a photo on his Instagram page of he and Tom Brady celebrating his touchdown in Week 2 against the Dolphins.
The apology reads in full: "Mr.Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama ! Thank you sincerely AB". Many of his former Patriots teammates have liked the Instagram post, including Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Brandon Bolden, Stephon Gilmore, James White, and - Brown himself?
It's now been almost exactly two months but feels like about 60 years ago that the Patriots released Brown amid accusations of sexual assault and many other transgressions. He also took direct shots at Kraft regarding his own legal troubles, one of the biggest reasons for his need to apologize in the first place. The 11-day Antonio Brown Experience in Foxboro was ... compelling.
We'll see if this actually leads to a reunion, which will become a very popular narrative in the coming days and weeks. It would take a major positive development in his legal cases and his status with the league, which for now would ostensibly place him on the commissioner's exempt list if he signed anywhere.
But an apology to Kraft was also something that probably needed to happen for Brown to even have a chance to put on the uniform again.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].