The Patriots alternated on the Friday afternoon by Antonio Brown and released him without further ado after just one game. However, the NFL's investigation into allegations against him continues without the shortened window of opportunity caused by games.
For example, while the Patriots circumcised him, the NFL investigators ended their interview with a second prosecutor – an artist from whom Sports Illustrated reported that Brown was included in a text group inviting his friends to join to deal with their past. When the materials she provided were checked by the league staff, the Patriots cut him.
Earlier this week, on Monday, the NFL interviewed Brown's first prosecutor, Britney Taylor, who asserted in a civil lawsuit that Brown had previously raped her twice before. About his lawyer Brown denies all allegations.
"Investigations are ongoing and will continue vigorously and swiftly," a statement in the League said. The investigation of allegations of rape and sexual misconduct has been completed. Lawsuits have not been filed. The NFL did not put him on the Commissioner's Exception List, and as the League recently said in a statement, he will not be on the list as long as he is a freelance agent. There is no need to.
The league had considered it at the time of publication, but was not quite there yet. If Brown is signed by a team, he can always be added to the list. This will almost certainly deter future employers.
The decision to release Brown was made, according to owner Robert Kraft. The trigger was the SMS, which came to light on Friday, and the thought that the end was not close. Some players privately expressed their displeasure that the train was made because Brown had left a positive impression on the teammates in a short time. He did things in practice that nobody else could do.
When Brown landed in New England for the first time, he signed a $ 1
All parties believe that the Patriots will not cut the check, but instead withhold the money and force Brown to file a lawsuit for money that he believes is completely guaranteed.
In part thanks to confidential settlement talks with the first prosecutor, who was not yet finalized at the time of his signature, Brown did not disclose the allegations to the Patriots, and the Patriots tie up the signing bonus. Your argument will probably be that he has not realized in a problem that changed his ability to play.
According to sources, the Patriots did not sign Brown if they knew of the problems ahead.
Probably Brown is expected to fight for his guaranteed $ 10 million. In the meantime, the Patriots will play tonight without their dominant act in uniform.
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