Antonio Brown Says He's Done Playing in the NFL

Brown also went at Robert Kraft, Shannon Sharpe and Ben Roethlisberger in a Sunday morning tweetstorm.

Wide Receiver Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots

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Wide Receiver Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots

After being released from the Patriots on Friday, Antonio Brown decided to start off his Sunday by announcing that he will not continue his NFL career, while going at Pats owner, Robert Kraft, in the process. 

"Will not be playing in the [NFL] anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime," Brown wrote. "[W]e 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 wideout then likened his pending sexual assault case to the legal issues that Kraft dealt with this summer.

"Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly," Brown wrote in a tweet featuring a picture of himself and his accuser, Britney Taylor.

According to's Ian Rapoport, several Patriots told the front office that they were not on board with Kraft's decision to release AB. 

"The decision to release Brown was led by owner Robert Kraft, sources say, sparked by the text messages that came to light Friday and by the thought that the end was not near," Rapoport reported. "Several players privately voiced their displeasure that the move was made, as Brown had made a positive impression on teammates in a short time. He did things in practice no one else could do."

In his Sunday tweetstorm, Brown also brought up sexual assault allegations against his new nemesis Shannon Sharpe, as well as former teammate, Ben Roethlisberger. 

One source told Adam Schefter that Brown's "latest Twitter tirade" is going to cost him.

Schefter also added insight into why the Patriots cut ties with the dynamic playmaker. According to Shefter's source, New England feels like Brown "crossed the line" with the text messages he allegedly sent the second accuser. "This was real evidence," the source told ESPN. Another insider believes that New England will still be on the hook for the $9 million they promised AB despite the fact he bad mouthed the organization. 

"They are going to lose," an unnamed executive said in regards to the potential legal battle between New England and Brown over his guaranteed money. 

Dez Bryant meanwhile, tweeted some words of wisdom aimed at Brown and other athletes who may be struggling with mental health.

Sharpe also shot back at Brown on Instagram, where he compared him to Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Sharpe then tweeted about the allegations that Brown referred to in his tweet.


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