Are The Patriots Cutting Antonio Brown For Sending These Messages To His Accuser?
Are the New England Patriots cutting Antonio Brown for allegedly sending intimidating messages to his accuser?
It is certainly a possibility in light of what has transpired over the last 24 hours.
Early this week, a woman did an interview with Sports Illustrated in which she indicated that Brown made unwanted sexual advances towards her.
The woman maintains that he did this while she was working on a mural at Brown’s home in 2017.
She says that upon rejection, he ghosted her and refused to pay her for the services.
On Friday, in a new interview with Sports Illustrated, the woman said that she was included in a group chain that started on Wednesday where Brown accused her of lying about the story.
New tonight: Antonio Brown sent our source from Monday’s story menacing group text messages, including a picture of her children with instructions for his associates to investigate her.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) September 20, 2019
In that same chain, Brown reportedly told the other members of the chat to dig into the woman’s past.
The woman’s lawyer sent a letter to the NFL on Thursday to ask them to prevent Brown from participating in behavior that is “intimating and threatening to our client, in violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”
“Really sad you would make up bull (expletive) story to the world thought u had more integrity n respect for yourself must be really hard times for to make up some stuff for money super sad” the original text message read.
There was an individual referred to as “Eric B” in the texts, and that individual responded to the original message with, “Yes sir we will do that.”
The woman in question is reportedly not seeking financial compensation from Brown.
On Thursday, Brown tried to brush off his recent troubles while speaking with the media.
“I appreciate that question,” he said.
“I’m just here to focus on ball and look forward to getting out there in the home stadium, being with the team.”
Brown is obviously a supremely talented player, but at a certain point you have to figure that he will become a bigger distraction than his production is worth.
Earlier this week, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick expressed interest in continuing to expand the offense to utilize Brown’s gifts.
“Yeah, sure,” he replied when asked about adding things into the playbook for Brown.
“There’s things we can utilize him for, or Josh, or anybody else. It’s just a question of volume and time and reps.
“You can’t put in 20 new plays.
“If you have, call it, 90 plays in practice over the course of the week, you can’t put in 20 plays and expect to be able to rep those and get ’em right and then do all the other things you have to do.”
As of right now, New England continues to plan out how to best use their new wide receiver.
“You have to be selective,” Belichick continued.
“If you want to put in something new, how much time can you allocate to it? How much are you going to use it? How effective is it going to be?
“Do you really want to put in a play that’s going to gain five yards and waste 10 percent of your practice reps during the week on that? I don’t know.
“I’d rather work on a play that’s going to gain 50 yards. You just have to decide how you want to do it.”
Will the Patriots ultimately decide to cut ties with Brown?
We will find out soon enough.