WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Antonio Brown said in a tweet on Sunday that he’s no longer playing in the NFL.
- The announcement comes after an investigation into an accusation of alleged rape against Brown.
- Brown’s tweet also calls out the NFL for seeking to void almost $40M owed to him.
Sunday, Antonio Brown, who played wide receiver for the New England Patriots for just one game, announced on Twitter that he “will not be playing in the NFL anymore.”
Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !
— AB (@AB84) September 22, 2019
The Patriots released Brown Friday amid an NFL investigation into a rape accusation filed against Brown in a federal lawsuit in Florida. A woman who formerly trained the football star filed the lawsuit. However, Brown’s attorney Darren Heitner, posted in a statement on his website: “Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit.”
Brown’s Sunday tweets continue on to say: “(T)hese owners can cancel deals (and) do whatever they want at anytime,” Brown tweeted. “(W)e will see if the (NFL Players Association) hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !”
March, Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oakland Raiders, guaranteed around $30 million when he signed the deal. However, Oakland soon released him because of his volatile behavior. Then, just two weeks ago, the Patriots offered him a one year deal that had a $9 million signing bonus.
Both the Raiders and the Patriots wish to void the almost $40 million owed to Brown.
Aside from the Florida lawsuit, Sports Illustrated also reported on several other allegations of misconduct against Brown shortly after he moved to New England. Reports include an artist’s claim of Brown appearing behind her practically nude when she was hired to paint a mural in his Pittsburgh home in 2017. One attorney for the artist, Lisa Banks, said in a letter to NFL officials, that Brown claimed the artist was simply out for money with her story.