SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour discusses the reasons we may have seen the last of Antonio Brown in the NFL.
Antonio Brown says he won’t play in the NFL anymore, and he’s taking shots New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former teammate Ben Roethlisberger and NFL owners in general on his way out the door.
Brown, who was released by the Oakland Raiders and Patriots within two weeks, wrote on Twitter that he “will not be playing in the @NFL anymore.”
Brown went on to criticize NFL owners.
“These owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime,” Brown wrote. “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 !”
The Raiders voided Brown’s guarantees of $29.125 million by fining him for conduct detrimental to the team after he missed practices and got into a heated exchange with general manager Mike Mayock. According to ESPN, the Patriots are also withholding the $9 million signing bonus Brown was set to be paid.
Brown’s declaration of his plans comes one day after his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted that his client was “healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL,” adding that the receiver “hopes to play for another team soon.”
Rosenhaus told ESPN on Saturday he had spoken with “a few teams that are interested in Brown” but that they wanted more insight into his legal standing and outlook with the NFL. The Patriots released Brown on Sept. 20 after personal trainer Britney Taylor alleged in a federal lawsuit that Brown had sexually assaulted her on three occasions in 2017 and 2018.
A league investigation into the claims is still ongoing.
In a separate tweet, Brown brought up Roethlisberger’s 2010 suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after prosecutors decided not to charge the Steerlers QB in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Georgia nightclub.
“4 games for Big Ben crazy world I’m done with it,” Brown wrote.
Brown also tweeted about Kraft, who pleaded not guilty to two two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution February linked to two alleged visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.