Brown’s brief stay with Pa­tri­ots over

Af­ter an­other ac­cu­sa­tion, champs cut ties with WR

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

An­to­nio Brown was re­leased by the Pa­tri­ots on Fri­day af­ter a sec­ond woman ac­cused him of sex­ual mis­con­duct. The Pa­tri­ots are the third team in seven months to tire of the off-field be­hav­ior that has over­shad­owed his ac­com­plish­ments as one of the NFL’s most pro­lific re­ceivers for a decade.

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons an­nounced the move in a state­ment emailed to re­porters, three min­utes af­ter Brown posted on Twit­ter: “Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity (at)Pa­tri­ots (hash) GoWinIt.”

Brown has been ac­cused of rape in a law­suit by a for­mer trainer. He also faces al­le­ga­tions that he ex­posed him­self to an artist he hired to paint a mu­ral at his home. Brown has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions.

In the email at­trib­uted to “a Pa­tri­ots spokesper­son,” the team said: “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.”

Ear­lier this week, Nike cut ties with the re­ceiver, say­ing in an email, “An­to­nio Brown is not a Nike ath­lete.”

A four-time All-Pro who caught 837 passes over nine sea­sons with the Steel­ers, Brown wore out his wel­come in Pitts­burgh af­ter he went miss­ing for two days be­fore the 2018 sea­son fi­nale. The Steel­ers traded him to the Raiders, who signed him to a con­tract that would have paid him up to $50 mil­lion over the next three sea­sons.

But he never played a game for the Raiders, quar­rel­ing with the coach and gen­eral man­ager un­til they, too, re­leased him. 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.

New­ton won’t play: The Pan­thers will be count­ing on sec­ond-year quar­ter­back Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the sea­son.

Allen was named the Pan­thers starter for Sun­day’s road game against the Car­di­nals af­ter Cam New­ton was ruled out with a mid-foot sprain. It will be the sec­ond ca­reer start for Allen, an Ari­zona na­tive.

“He worked through a lot of the sore­ness this week and felt pretty good at the end of the week,” Rivera said. “The one thing we don’t want to do is have an­other set­back. “So we want to make sure he is ready to roll and his foot can han­dle it.”

Rivera said New­ton will not travel with the team to Ari­zona but will in­stead re­main be­hind in Char­lotte to re­ceive treat­ment.

The coach said New­ton is “day to day,” leav­ing his sta­tus un­clear for Week 4.

The for­mer league MVP ag­gra­vated his left foot dur­ing the Pan­thers’ 20-14 loss to the Buc­ca­neers on Sept. 12 and hasn’t prac­ticed since. It will be only the sixth ca­reer game he has missed due to in­jury.

Ex­tra points: All-Pro LB Dar­ius Leonard will miss the Colts’ game against the Fal­cons on Sun­day due to a con­cus­sion . ... The Browns placed TE David Njoku on IR with a wrist in­jury . ... Bar­ron Hil­ton, the heir to a ho­tel for­tune who was one of the founders of the Amer­i­can Foot­ball League and the orig­i­nal owner of the Charg­ers, died Thurs­day in Los An­ge­les. He was 91.

LYNNE SLADKY/AP

An­to­nio Brown played one game with the Pa­tri­ots be­fore his re­lease Fri­day.

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