Brown, cut by Raiders, re­port­edly headed to Pa­tri­ots

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AFP) — Mer­cu­rial re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown is re­port­edly headed to the Su­per Bowl cham­pion New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, hours af­ter he was cut by the Oak­land Raiders be­fore he could make his de­but with the NFL strag­glers.

Brown posted a photo of him­self grin­ning in a Pa­tri­ots uni­form on Twit­ter as U.S. me­dia, in­clud­ing, re­ported he had agreed to a one-year, $15 mil­lion deal with New Eng­land.

Brown won’t be eligible to play in the Pats’ sea­son-opener against the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers on Sun­day be­cause he wasn’t on their ros­ter in time af­ter a soap-opera Satur­day saw him cut, fi­nally, by the Raiders.

The Pa­tri­ots, led by superstar quar­ter­back Tom Brady, were ap­par­ently un­daunted by Brown’s trou­bles with his last two teams.

Upon be­ing re­leased — as he de­manded — from the Raiders Brown posted on Twit­ter Satur­day: “the child who is not em­braced by the vil­lage will burn it down to feel its warmth”.

The saga of the tal­ented wide re­ceiver has riv­eted the NFL through train­ing camps, the ten­sion be­tween Brown and the Raiders ratcheting up this week as the league launched its cen­te­nary sea­son.

Af­ter Brown, irked at be­ing fined for missing train­ing camp ac­tiv­i­ties, faced off in a heated al­ter­ca­tion with gen­eral man­ager Mike May­ock, the Raiders thought they had smoothed things over.

On Fri­day, Raiders coach Jon Gru­den said Brown had apol­o­gized and he still ex­pected Brown to start Mon­day’s game against the Den­ver Bron­cos.

But af­ter Brown again took to so­cial me­dia to air his dis­con­tent on Satur­day — de­mand­ing in an Instagram post that the team “re­lease me” the Raiders did just that.

Gru­den had come in for crit­i­cism for fail­ing to back May­ock, but the coach said Satur­day he was only sorry to see Brown go.

“We tried ev­ery way pos­si­ble to make it work,” Gru­den said in a press con­fer­ence at the team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity. “I’m sorry it didn’t. I wish An­to­nio noth­ing but the best.”

Brown ar­rived in Oak­land in an off-sea­son trade af­ter an ac­ri­mo­nious end to his ten­ure with the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers, where he feuded with quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger and was benched for the fi­nal game of last sea­son.

The Raiders snapped him up with a three-year deal worth a re­ported $54.1 mil­lion.

The 31-year-old seven-time Pro-Bowler was forced to miss two weeks of train­ing camp in Au­gust af­ter re­port­ing for duty with frost­bite on his feet, which he blamed on a cryother­apy mishap.

An­to­nio Brown

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