Antonio Brown released by the Patriots

New England becomes the third team to move on from Brown in just six months

Derek Kramer
September 21, 2019 - 10:23 am

Photo: Jasen Vinlove - USA TODAY Sports


Another team has moved on from Antonio Brown as the New England Patriots have released the wide receiver just 11 days after signing him.

It's just the latest in, what seems like, a never-ending story of antics from Brown, who has constantly been in the news for off-the-field antics and alienating his teams. Brown has now been removed from the Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers rosters within six months, a staggering fact for a player of Brown's caliber.

Brown is also currently dealing with a sexual assault accusation from a former trainer.

Here is the timeline of how Brown has become too much for three different teams in the NFL:

December 2018

  • Brown gets into an argument with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and skips practice before a Week 17 game.
    Brown expected to play despite missing practice, was benched for his actions and left at halftime of Pittsburgh's win over the Cincinnati Bengals

March 2019

  • Brown demands a trade via social media, the Steelers begin looking for suitors
  • Brown reportedly plays a major role in nixing a deal to the Buffalo Bills, who were in on trade rumors
  • Brown is traded to the Oakland Raiders for just a third and fifth round pick, while signing Brown to a new contract for $50 million - including $30 million guaranteed

May 2019

  • Brown voices displeasure over an NFL rule that banned the use of his preferred helmet, which was no longer certified

August 2019

  • Brown is unable to practice in camp due to severe frostbite of his feet, suffered due to wearing improper footwear in a cryotherapy chamber
  • Even with the improvement in his feet, Brown still would not practice for the Raiders due to his helmet being banned, even threatening retirement
  • Brown files several grievances over the helmet issue, losing each of them
  • Brown skips a practice while the Raiders were in Canada for a preseason game, which would draw a fine from the team

September 2019

  • Brown finds a new helmet in time for the start of the season
  • Brown posts his displeasure over a fine from the team, which led to a confrontation with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock in front of the team, including Brown threatening to hit Mayock in the face, as well as punting a ball and yelling "fine me for that" (which he would)
  • The Raiders and Brown make amends, including an apology from Brown to the entire team
  • Brown releases a video including recordings of a phone call with Raiders coach Jon Gruden. It became a non-issue, as Gruden apparently loved the video
  • Hours after the video, Brown asks for his release. Mayock fined Brown for conduct detrimental to the team, stemming from the confrontation at practice. The fines voided the guarantees in Brown's contract
  • The Raiders cut bait with Brown just days before the start of their season
  • On the same day Brown was cut by Oakland, he signed with the New England Patriots
  • Brown is accused of sexual assault and rape in a lawsuit from a former trainer, the NFL launches its own investigation on these allegations (still ongoing)
  • Brown plays for New England in Week Two, catching a touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins
  • The Patriots release Brown, becoming the third team to move on from the All-Pro receiver

Brown is now a free agent, but after the sexual assault allegations, as well as all of the other antics, it will be hard to envision Brown suiting up for a team in the 2019 season.

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