Antonio Brown has been launched by his second NFL crew in lower than two weeks. The New England Patriots introduced Friday that they had been parting methods with the star vast receiver, whom they signed when he was launched by the Oakland Raiders simply earlier than Week 1.

Brown has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by two totally different girls within the time for the reason that Patriots signed him, and as soon as new allegations of his conduct towards a type of girls surfaced in a single day Thursday, the Patriots determined they’d had sufficient.

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It has been a weird saga for Brown since he compelled his manner out of Pittsburgh by way of commerce through the offseason. His time with the Raiders was marked by controversy over his most well-liked selection of helmet, the unintentional freezing of his ft in a cryotherapy chamber and a public feud with crew administration over fines for lacking work. The Patriots agreed to phrases with him hours after his launch from Oakland on Sept. 7, however it wasn’t lengthy earlier than much more severe controversies started to floor.

Brown is below NFL investigation and with no job. Here is a have a look at a few of the key details of the state of affairs because it stands:

Why did the Patriots minimize him now?

The Patriots declare that they didn’t know, once they signed Brown on Sept. 9, that his former coach Britney Taylor was planning to file a lawsuit in opposition to him alleging sexual assault. She did that three days later, however New England stored him on the crew final week, and he performed of their victory over the Miami Dolphins.

This week, a Sports activities Illustrated story was revealed that included a contemporary allegation of sexual misconduct in opposition to Brown by a unique girl. That girl instructed Sports activities Illustrated on Thursday that Brown had despatched her intimidating and threatening texts after the story ran, and her attorneys mentioned Thursday they had been sharing these texts and that info with league investigators. The Patriots woke as much as that information Friday morning and, in keeping with sources, held a collection of conferences to find out the very best plan of action in mild of the newest improvement and all the points that had been piling up round Brown.

Coach Invoice Belichick, who has management over the composition of the crew’s roster, walked out of his common Friday information convention as a result of he did not wish to reply questions on Brown and the reporters who cowl the crew understandably stored asking them anyway. A number of hours later, the Patriots launched a brief assertion that learn, “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We admire the onerous work of many individuals during the last 11 days, however we really feel that it’s best to maneuver in a unique route presently.”

Antonio Brown performed only one sport for the Patriots, catching 4 passes for 56 yards and a landing. Photograph by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire

Will the NFL take motion in opposition to him, too?

The NFL’s investigation into Brown’s off-field conduct started Monday when league investigators interviewed Taylor, who filed the lawsuit final week accusing Brown of sexual assault. That investigation, a league supply mentioned Friday after Brown’s launch, “will proceed.” The league has been interviewing different witnesses apart from Taylor this week and has been gathering info on all the accusations in opposition to Brown. Presently, the league will not be scheduled to interview Brown. Often, the interview with the participant occurs on the finish of the investigation, after the league has compiled all of its proof in opposition to him.

Brown was on Oakland’s roster as of Four p.m. ET the Tuesday earlier than the Raiders’ Week 1 sport, so that they’re technically on the hook for $860,294 in wage (one-seventeenth of the $14.625 million they had been scheduled to pay him in 2019). The remainder of the lifeless cash in Oakland is the results of exercise bonuses handled as signing bonus for cap functions. Just like the Patriots, the Raiders can (and can) combat to get their a reimbursement, and in the event that they do they will get cap credit for it in 2020.

Is Brown entitled to termination pay?

He could possibly be. NFL guidelines enable a participant, as soon as in his profession, to file for and accumulate termination pay if he is launched by a crew. If the participant is on that crew’s roster Week 1, he is entitled to 100 p.c of his base wage in termination pay. If he isn’t on the roster Week 1, he is entitled to 25 p.c of his base wage in termination pay.

Brown was not, technically, on any crew’s Week 1 roster, since he was launched by the Raiders earlier than Four p.m. ET on the day earlier than the season’s first Sunday and never formally signed by the Patriots till two days later. He would technically be entitled to $250,000 (25 p.c of $1 million) in termination pay if he wished to pursue that. However as with the assured wage, it is all up within the air due to extenuating off-field circumstances that would have an effect on Brown’s proper to any of his cash in any respect.