Antonio Brown’s NFL exit


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Antonio Brown, formerly of the New England Patriots, looks on prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Former New England Patriot Antonio Brown appeared to announce his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, following his release from the New England Patriots. Brown has had troubles so far in 2019, and it doesn’t look like they’ll end soon.

The problems started at the end of the 2018 regular season. Brown, then of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were involved in a heated dispute at a walkthrough, with reports stating that Brown threw a football at Rothlisberger. Brown then made the decision to skip the remaining practices of the season, his last in the Steel City.

Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders in March and Raiders GM Mike Mayock gave Brown a new three-year, $50 million deal. However, the saga was not over.

Brown had problems with the Raiders in organized team activities before the season even started, claiming that his new football helmet was restricting his performance. He did everything he could, including trying to sneak his old helmet onto the field and attempting to disguise it. Training camp started, and the team thought the helmet issues were behind them. However, another problem arose: Brown had contracted severe frostbite on his feet from cryotherapy gone awry. He was put on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but was quickly taken off.

With the beginning of the season was approaching, things were beginning to look up. However, Brown continued to clash with the Oakland staff, ultimately resulting in Mayock issuing an ultimatum to the star receiver. Brown then demanded he be released from his contract on social media. The team fined him from missing practices and voided the guaranteed $29.1 million from his contract. Later that day, the Raiders honored his wish and released him from the roster before playing a single game.

Brown then quickly found a new home: the New England Patriots. This angered many fans and lovers of the sport. They believed Brown didn’t want to play for a team like the Raiders and caused his issues just to be with a competitive team.

Antonio was very excited to be a part of the Pats’ roster and suited up for their second game against the Miami Dolphins. Brown had 56 yard on four receptions and a touchdown, which would be his first and last with the team.

But this new beginning quickly turned sour. Last week, Britney Taylor, Brown’s former personal trainer, filed a lawsuit accusing the then-Patriot of sexual assault and rape. Brown, also facing legal action for trashing a Miami condominium, has denied Taylor’s allegations. Just after the start of Week 3, the Patriots released Brown, stating it was best to move in a different direction at the time.

Brown thanked the Patriots for the opportunity on social media and showed no hard feelings toward them. However, Brown stated on Sunday that he “will not be playing in the NFL anymore” and enrolled in online courses through his alma mater, Central Michigan University.

At this point, the continuation of Brown’s football career is very much in question. Fans will have to wait and see what the future holds.