Patriots release Brown after 11 days

Getty									Patriots WR Josh Gordon

"We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time", the team said in a statement.

Brown is now at the centre of harassment allegations, accused of rape in a lawsuit filed in Florida by his former trainer Britney Taylor, who waived her right to anonymity.

As reported by The MMQB's Robert Klemko, Brown faces a second allegation of sexual misconduct from an artist who he hired to paint a mural for him in his Pittsburgh-area home. A source had previously told ESPN that there are "more interviews and information-gathering being conducted now beyond Taylor".

In summary, Brown will not be subject to the Commissioner's exempt list while he's a free agent and the National Football League is in the process of investigating multiple allegations against him, including the civil lawsuit for sexual assault and rape.

Following Brown's release, the National Football League issued a statement confirming an investigation into the allegations is ongoing.

The NFL also said its investigation into Brown is "ongoing and will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously". "She wanted the threats and intimidation to stop and we hope that will be the case".

Q: Can you talk about Antonio Brown's role this weekend?

Patriots WR Josh Gordon
Patriots WR Josh Gordon

Brown - who played in his lone game in a Patriots uniform last Sunday, scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins - took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, thanking the Patriots for the opportunity and saying, "The marathon continues".

"I know there are questions about Antonio", Belichick said. "Anything about football, I'm happy to answer".

Belichick said during the morning that the team was looking into "some things", then cut off his news conference when reporters continued to ask about Brown. The Patriots signed him only a few hours later, giving him a one-year deal that would have guaranteed him $9 million and paid him up to $15 million this season. Taylor filed a federal lawsuit over the incidents. But the team can argue Brown could have notified it of any looming issues, even in generalities.

"It's unfortunate things didn't work out with the Patriots", he wrote.

Update: The Patriots have decided that it's no longer worth moving forward with Antonio Brown.

The Patriots released the following statement about the move.

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