Bill Belichick: We’re taking the Antonio Brown situation seriously

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Antonio Brown will take the practice field for the first time as a Patriot today, and coach Bill Belichick isn’t saying much more than that.

Belichick confirmed today that his expectation is that Brown will participate in team activities, despite Tuesday’s news that Brown is facing a lawsuit from a woman accusing him of sexual assault. But beyond a brief statement, Belichick wouldn’t talk about Brown.

“On Antonio’s situation, both Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those. They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously, all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions but I’m not going to be entering into any discussion about that,” Belichick said.

Asked for follow-up information about Brown, Belichick didn’t answer, saying, “We’re done with that. Anything else on Miami?”

The allegations against Brown are being investigated by the NFL and could get him placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

84 responses to “Bill Belichick: We’re taking the Antonio Brown situation seriously

  1. This idiot never played ONE game for the Raiders, not even a preseason game, but he’s always shown in a Raiders jersey.

    The Steelers, specifically Mike Tomlin, created this monster.

  2. Belichick: I really wish we knew about this BEFORE tampering and encouraging him to become so toxic that the Raiders would have no choice but to cut him. Had we known, we would have tampered with a different high profile receiver.

  3. I don’t have a problem that he is practicing. I may not like the guy but there has been zero league discipline. What I will have a problem with is when Pats fans act like this is something no one else in the league would do, when it is exactly what everyone else has done.

  4. Boy, I can see from The very FIRST poster they are just delirious that this has happened.
    The Pats did just fine with out AB , no big deal if it doesn’t work out.
    He was a Steeler when all this was alleged to have happened, something every one seems to forget.

  5. Classic Bill whole thing lasted about 45 seconds. After the initial statement about Brown he answered multiple questions on Brown with “I’ve answer that” or “I’ve said all I’m going to about the situation for now” and repeatedly said “we’re preparing for Miami, any questions about Miami?”

    Lolz we’re on to Miami !

  6. What more could BB say really? The Pats security team is likely taking a deeper look, the NFL is taking a deeper look, nothing more for him to do but coach football and make decisions on what’s put in front of him when they’re donw. If Brown gets the exempt list BB will move forward with that, if not then he will move forward with that. Half of his success probably comes from his straightline focused business approach.

  7. People hate BB because he is a mature adult that refuses to indulge the media when it comes to drama. Doesn’t really make him a villain, it makes him the best to ever coach a football team.

    Having said that, I am very surprised that Brown was not cut by the Pats. Not because they believe the allegations, but because it took literally a couple of hours of him being on the team before potentially the biggest player scandal of all time erupted. Doesn’t really fit NE’s M.O. Ah well, on to Miami I guess? Doesn’t AB have a crib there?

  8. Gruden said he “EXPECTED” Brown to play on Monday night which didn’t happen. BB his “EXPECTATION” is that Brown would practice. Amazing that these coaches could not or would not definitely say he WILL BE playing or practicing.

  9. My guess – If NFL has not taken action, AB is not active for Miami game. Already was strong possibility anyway, needing another week to know system well enough, and not the toughest opponent.

  10. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    Boy, I can see from The very FIRST poster they are just delirious that this has happened.
    The Pats did just fine with out AB , no big deal if it doesn’t work out.
    He was a Steeler when all this was alleged to have happened, something every one seems to forget.

    Bingo! I hope in their thorough investigation of this matter, they contact Mike Tomlin and the Steelers organization. AB played for them when this all happened.

  11. Actually this is a perfect example to see if AB will be willing to conform to the BB/Patriot way.

    I’m sure BB has told AB/Rosenhaus: Put down your Twitterbook and your Instaface, shut your mouth, and do your job. Period. Full stop.

    Let’s see if AB can fall in line.

  12. nfella says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    What more could BB say really?

    ————

    “We have decided to part ways with Antonio Brown.” That would have been a good start.

  13. Drew just said on ESPN that he and Brown knew this lawsuit might be a possibility. Did he hide the info from the Pats? Did he disclose the info and the Pats decided to hire Brown anyway. It’s one or the other and either has implications!

  14. Do you reporters actually expect him to go into huge detail about it? Does anyone? Amazed that people keep trying to get him to open up about almost anything. Its been 20 years folks, time to figure it out.

  15. bigbirdssack says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    Robert Kraft, Patrick Chung,now Antonio Brown. Not a good look Patriots. Did you really need the headache of signing this guy? The optics aren’t good.

    7 3
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    What you, the 7(so far) people who agree with you, and any others seem to forget: this kind of behavior is a league wide issue, not just a Patriots issue.

    Some behavior can be considered worse than others, but all tarnish the reputation and ruin the joy that used to be Sundays from Sept-Jan.

  16. I say cut bait. This is a distraction and this team doesn’t need it, or AB. This team is SB ready with it without this clown.

  17. Have we really come so far in this world that you can get put on the exempt list with zero evidence and a he said – she said accusation? If that’s the case, why doesn’t KC hire a woman to accuse Tom Brady the week before the AFC Championship game? Boom! He’s gone until they can prove that there is really nothing there.

  18. But you own crude owner’s situation…..not taking that so seriously

    What do you want him to do about the owner?

  19. The great thing about the Do Your Job mentality, and the attitude that you only worry about what you can control, is that this means the whole situation isn’t much of a distraction for the Patriots. It’s not BB’s job to get involved in the employment/contract/disciplinary aspects of this situation, so he’s not going to. And, that being the case, there’s no reason for him to answer questions about it.

    BB’s job is to prepare the team for the next game. As long as AB is on the roster, he’ll be involved in this week’s practices. If he’s ready to play on Sunday, is still on the roster, and he fits into the game plan for the Dolphins, he’ll play. All this other stuff is just noise and it will be treated like noise by the players and coaches.

    It will be a test for AB to see if he is able to shut out everything else and do his job when he is on the clock. He’s clearly got a lot to learn about mental toughness. We’ll see if he learns anything from the Patriots about it.

  20. Why didn’t AB take care of this before it got this far? His agent, his attys should have brought in police or filed charges against her if they believed he was being extorted.

    They saw this suit coming. Why weren’t they prepared to stop this from proceeding a long time ago if it was extortion?

  21. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    He was a Steeler when all this was alleged to have happened, something every one seems to forget.
    ——-
    Why does it matter that he was on the Steelers when it happened? If this surfaced last year that would be one thing, but the lawsuit was filed yesterday. Obviously nobody outside of the accuser and her lawyer knew about it.

  22. The Pats may have been a little too quick to trade away Demaryius Thomas. With AB a 50-50 shot to never play a game for NE, and Josh Gordon always a risk to fail a drug test, a deep WR room could get shallow pretty quickly! I’d rather have Thomas as insurance this year than a 6th round draft pick next year.

  23. steelcurtainn says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    Is that the serious situation on how to score the next td. The whole team is corrupt

    That’s funny considering he was a Steeler when this allegedly happened

  24. From strictly a football perspective these accusations against Brown have all but assured Brown will toe the line in New England. The pressure for Brown to keep his name out of the news in any negative way right now is enormous.

  25. steelcurtainn says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    Is that the serious situation on how to score the next td. The whole team is corrupt

    Ha ha Tom Brady OWNS your sorry Steelers

    And by the way , genius!! AB was a Steeler when this allegedly happened.

  26. “I love how the Boston media never get tired of being BB’s bowling pins lol”

    Actually the guys repeatedly asking about Brown today were the ones that usually toe the line and don’t cross into areas they know Bill won’t answer. He just wasn’t having any of it.

    No one is better at dealing with distractions to make them virtually nonexistent than Bill

  27. here is why this situation with AB and NE could work: Simple-BB does not say anything about his players to the media. Nothing. and AB is going to love it. BB doesn’t call out his players to the media, unlike somebody like Big Ben in Pitt or Mike Mayock in Oakland.

    Everything in NE is IN HOUSE. That is a perfect situation for somebody like AB.

    This will all depend on if AB is put on the exemption list. Right now, it’s very doubtful, since this is just a he said she said situation, and the fact that Tyreek Hill who is on audio threatening a woman is still playing without a single element of punishment from the league.

    Overall, as I think about this more, this AB and NE relationship could work.

  28. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    He was a Steeler when all this was alleged to have happened, something every one seems to forget.
    ——-
    Why does it matter that he was on the Steelers when it happened? If this surfaced last year that would be one thing, but the lawsuit was filed yesterday. Obviously nobody outside of the accuser and her lawyer knew about it.

    Because those Patriot fans that have put down AB while he was on the Steelers (not all) and swore that BB would never take a chance on him after the Raiders fiasco now have to change face and justify that AB’s character was created by Tomlin and this particular incident was while he was on the Steelers so therefore it is okay that he is playing for the Patriots now. I don’t care if he signed with the Dolphins, Patriots, Packers or anyone, AB should be suspended indefinitely for his overall “performance” over the last 10 months not including this incident. Because it is a performance after all.

  29. jurgyisgod says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    The Patriots Way ….
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    No the Patriot Way is beating your crummy team and winning Super Bowls

  30. Mr. Kraft will not tolerate this type of degrading and criminal behavior. He will lead the charge and provide the moral compass… no, no he won’t….

  31. steelcurtainn says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    Ha ha Tom Brady OWNS your sorry Steelers
    ______________________________________________
    They really owned them last year, didn’t they. Not!
    ___________________________

    You are right. However they own last season’s SB trophy. When was the last time the Steelers won?

  32. steelcurtainn says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    Ha ha Tom Brady OWNS your sorry Steelers
    ______________________________________________
    They really owned them last year, didn’t they. Not!

    Really!!!’

    How did that help them this past Sunday
    But yeah guy, you got me there

    The the OWNER of the Steelers (TOM BRADY) is only 13-4 vs that sorry team. With video game like numbers.

  33. joetoronto says:
    September 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    This idiot never played ONE game for the Raiders, not even a preseason game, but he’s always shown in a Raiders jersey.

    The Steelers, specifically Mike Tomlin, created this monster.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    couldn’t be more wrong…. from what I’ve seen is that Tomlin did one hell of a job keeping him and bell in check for like 8 years…. it finally got to a point where tomlin said enough is enough and look at AB with Tomlin’s hands no longer on the reigns, a complete nightmare

  34. It gives the rest of the NFL great joy to see the enablers of NE have to spend time and energy on this distraction. Thank you AB – the gift that keeps on giving.

  35. Rosenhaus has stated that Brown anticipated this suit was coming. If Brown did not reveal this to the Patriots before signing, then the Patriots have the right to void any payment to Brown.

  36. Brown won’t be a distraction in NE. Belichick has taught the organization to avoid the noise. This gets the team off the narrative about how great they are. That’s the narrative Bill really despises.

    If AB is a model citizen internally the the team will rally behind him without commenting on the civil suit or potential for NFL or criminal action.

  37. They have to hold the record at this point for most players who’ve been suspended at one point in their careers, and with pending police investigations. Even the owner, and you got coke dealers and rapists running wild on Sunday, The Patriot Way.

  38. ” if Kraft can get away with it, so can AB”

    Kraft committed 2 misdemeanors with a consensual partner, he didn’t rape anyone. As you well know.

    SMH

  39. Every single person on here saying AB should be cut immediately that also said let the investigation on Tyreek Hill run its course is a complete hypocrite.

    Does anyone find it odd that rather than attempt a criminal case against AB that the accuser went straight to civil court?

  40. There is nothing to do until there are facts. This kind of story shouldn’t be publicly announced until the facts are sorted out. If he’s guilty it will be handled, if he’s innocent a suspension wouldn’t make sense. Waiting it out is common sense. AB may be psycho but he’s an animal on the field.

  41. “We’re taking this distraction and drama of Antonio Brown almost as seriously as when we were tampering with him to get him here!”

    I’m glad that drama and problem is now in NE and not in Oakland. Good riddance. 😀

  42. Gotta loves the Patriots homers and their constant defending of AB. They really flipped their attitude about him once he signed with the Patriots. They would never be defending him if he wasn’t on the Patriots.

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