Antonio Brown: Patriots have to pay me, they may as well play me

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Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown definitely isn’t done with the NFL, even if the NFL is temporarily done with him.

In a live video that streamed this morning on Instagram, Brown made it clear that he still wants to play, and that the “best receiver” remains at home in Miami. And he still seems to be willing to go back to Boston.

He encouraged any of his Instagram followers who follow the Patriots to have the team call him.

“They still gotta pay me,” Brown said in reference to grievances filed last week against the Patriots for unpaid signing bonus and guaranteed salary. “They might as well let me earn it.”

Quarterback Tom Brady reportedly wanted to keep Brown, but owner Robert Kraft reportedly made the decision to end the relationship after allegations of harassment and intimidation by Brown against one of his accusers emerged. No other team has signed Brown given the possibility that he will be placed on paid leave.

The league has declined to say whether Brown would end up on paid leave. Teams are waiting as the league continues to investigate an allegation of sexual assault and rape that emerged last month in a civil lawsuit.

99 responses to “Antonio Brown: Patriots have to pay me, they may as well play me

  1. I’d have kept him if for no other reason that to offset the Chiefs having an even worse human being in Tyreke Hill on their roster.

    Plus this isn’t a church choir we’re building, it’s a football team.

  2. Brown remains clueless.
    Belichick isn’t going to want to be bothered with questions about Brown every time he steps to the podium.
    They may have gotten rid of Brown even if no other allegations came up. Because Bill would have told Brown to cool it with the social media, Brown would have clapped back, and that would be the end of that.

  3. Even if the league promised to not suspend Brown until the legal process played out, Brown burned his bridges with Kraft on the way out the door.

  4. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 9, 2019 at 11:59 am
    BB should use AB as a tackling dummy for the practice squad…..
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    AT least the dummy part is right.

  5. Anyone besides me even notice how nice the last few weeks of the NFL have been without the media giving AB any attention?

  6. tedmurph says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Brown burned his bridges with Kraft on the way out the door.
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    I don’t think that’s true.

    If the legal stuff is resolved (which I doubt), I could easily see the Patriots bringing him back.

  7. The Chiefs kept Hill and no one is indicting Mahomes as the face of an evil empire.

    The Patriots were browbeaten into giving him up without due process. If he still counts at all against their cap, they should keep him or at least be honored for doing what some people consider the right thing. But no one cared about this woman. Not really. All they cared about was separating one of the league’s top weapons from the league’s top team. It’s homers and haters. Fanaticism worthy of religion and politics.

  8. He should focus on his pathetic essays he’s been asking people to proofread for him – he has a LONG way to go.

  9. Brown isn’t even charged with a crime and the corrupt Patriots’ organization cheats him out of his salary. On the other hand, Kraft skates on by thanks to the VIP treatment.

  10. Oh, yeah. I’m sure after his comment equating Bob Kraft’s spa situation with the allegations brought against him, they are going to welcome him with open arms. Reportedly after that comment, BK said he would not pay AB a dime, and I hope he doesn’t. Also, who says they will have to pay him? Him? The guy is clueless. I guess the whole going back to college thing was a colossal failure.

  11. billswillnevermove says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    Patriots did the right thing. This guy is a cancer. Not a Kraft lover, but I give him credit for this move.

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    Are you a Pegula Lover for bringing in Shady McCoy?

    You certainly kept him around long enough in Buffalo after his actual crimes he was guilty of that Goodell helped cover up.

    Remember?

  12. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:

    October 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Brown isn’t even charged with a crime and the corrupt Patriots’ organization cheats him out of his salary. On the other hand, Kraft skates on by thanks to the VIP treatment.

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    Witness intimidation is a crime and failing to disclose major legal exposures was a clause in the contract therefore the Pats can attempt to void it.

  13. Brown has a reputation of stiffing people that have done work for him. Now that the shoe is on the other foot I think I’ll enjoy watching him see how it feels.

  14. It’s contract law at this point – nothing more.

    Unless there is a clear clause in the contract – or some other kind of legal “out” – that allows the Patriots to cut him loose without paying, they’re going to have to pay him under the terms of the contract.

    One of the terms was a nine million dollar signing bonus. He signed.

    They knew the risk in signing this time bomb. They signed him anyway (stupid, stupid, stupid). That’s on them.

  15. Not going to get signed (if at all) until the investigation is complete.
    Investigation won’t complete until AB meets with the League.
    Ball is in your court AB.

  16. Priceless. Lie to someone to induce them to sign a contract with guaranteed money, and then try to use a CBA contract to force the party to pay. Outside of football, that would likely be a crime and $9M would be enough to get the attention of law enforcement. 😂

  17. This guy is TOTALLY clueless. He gets offended by every little thing then blows up on twitter like a three-year old throwing a temper tantrum. Included in his twitter blow-up was that tweet about Kraft that permanently ruined his chance to ever play for the Patriots again EVER. He just doesn’t get it. This guy has been entitled for so long that he thinks he can do whatever he wants and his talent as a football player will ensure he faces no repercussions. He may have reached that point where it doesn’t and he still hasn’t realized it yet….and I doubt if he ever will.

  18. elvoid says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    It’s contract law at this point – nothing more.

    Unless there is a clear clause in the contract – or some other kind of legal “out” – that allows the Patriots to cut him loose without paying, they’re going to have to pay him under the terms of the contract.

    One of the terms was a nine million dollar signing bonus. He signed.

    They knew the risk in signing this time bomb. They signed him anyway (stupid, stupid, stupid). That’s on them.

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    We saw the contract language was clear. Also, his text in the way out the door solidifies the fact he broke the language of the deal.

    Every nfl contract has stipulations, some certainly more than others.

    NE isn’t dumb.

  19. Who do you root to get screwed out of millions in a situation like this, Brown or the Patriots? Tough question…they’re both such a classy and stand-up individual/organization.

  20. revren10 says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    11 days and 5,750,000 is what he cost you and now you have to release guys and try and extend others because of a need at WR.

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    Nope. Cost them about 300k for 1 game and a tryout. They voided the deal for 3 cba violations:

    1. Fairlure to disclose any pending legal issues.
    2. Harrassing the alleged victim via text while a Patriot.
    3. After being released, he further tried to embarrass the Pats with the text about Kraft.

    It is almost like he never even read his own contract. I’ve never seen such a slam dunk.

    NE won the Fanene court case and will win this as well.

    Numerous players have qualifiers in their contracts whether it be legal issues or riding motorcycles or whatever the concern may be from the team.

  21. This is what’s going to happen. If the Patriots know there’s no way out of paying Brown whatsoever and Kraft’s lawyers are advising this point to the team, they should think about bringing him back to the team. It could be a win-win situation for both sides. If they know he violated the contract agreement and it is now void, they will take this to court for the next several months.

  22. elvoid says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Unless there is a clear clause in the contract – or some other kind of legal “out” – that allows the Patriots to cut him loose without paying, they’re going to have to pay him under the terms of the contract.

    One of the terms was a nine million dollar signing bonus. He signed.
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    You can bet your last dollar there is, how do you think teams get out of paying a player when they cut him a year or two into a five year contract. And as I recall Calvin Johnson had to pay the Lions back part of his signing bonus when he didn’t play out his contract and retired early and also Barry Sanders had to pay back $5.5mil of his $11mil signing bonus. Those cases set legal precedent on every case coming after them. Brown should get to keep a small part(1 game) of the signing bonus, but most of it will stay with the Pats according to those other cases. The NFL doesn’t see a signing bonus the same way it’s defined by the dictionary, it’s not “JUST” for signing the contract, the player has to fufill the contract to be entitled to all of it unless like in Luck’s case, the team doesn’t try and recoup the money.

  23. NE isn’t dumb.

    Really? You said BB would NEVER sign AB then you moved on to if ANYONE can fix AS it is BB……so yes NE is dumb and we all know you are….even with several higher degrees in basket weaving and under water pottery.

  24. Amazing how some still try to paint the Patriots as victims. AB soils everything he touches and the Pats signed him anyway out of arrogance. This time it bit them. The comment that CTE may be in play may be true, or it may turn into AB’s defense in the numerous trials to come, time will tell, but as much as we all may wish, this clown is not going away…unless it is in an orange jumpsuit but that is another thread.

  25. As he did not refuse to report, voluntarily retire, become incarcerated, or sustain a significant non-football injury, the Patriots have no recourse legally to avoid cutting Brown his check. Brown is getting his 9 million from the patriots and the patriots are now stuck with dead money this season and next

  26. If this guy went to weekly therapy sessions to deal with all the mental issues appolized to the Patriots organization for his behavior and settled all his legal issues. I would consider it only if he did everything above and the Patriots have to pay him no matter. That’s a long shot but my thoughts it’s time to move on from this Guy

  27. phinatic29 says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    the Patriots should absolutely have to pay the man.
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    Based on what? A contract that Brown negotiated and signed in bad faith knowing he failed to disclose a known materially adverse condition?

  28. Keep an eye on A.J. Green, Stefon Diggs, and Tyler Eifert. One of these players will end up in New England very soon. Big Numb Skull is missing out on all of this fun.

  29. That’s been my prediction for Brown coming back – Pats will say they saw the writing on the wall where the arbitration was concerned, and opted to take him on if they have to pay him.

  30. revren10 says:

    October 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    As he did not refuse to report, voluntarily retire, become incarcerated, or sustain a significant non-football injury, the Patriots have no recourse legally to avoid cutting Brown his check. Brown is getting his 9 million from the patriots and the patriots are now stuck with dead money this season and next

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    He failed to disclose a major legal liability before signing which was a clause in his contract. NFLPA has ways to fight against that clause but the Pats have some footing to not pay him. We’ll see what the courts think

  31. If Brown had an ounce of sense he would have had a smile on his face like the cat that ate the canary after signing with the Pats. Instead, he just couldn’t shut up.

  32. He still wants to play for the pats and it could have been beautiful but he couldn’t stay off the radar and ride out the season hes his own wost enemy.

  33. Why doesn’t this guy just go away? Take the hint Antonio your not needed or wanted by the NFL. Not worth the headaches you will bring. Along with the suspension you will be serving. Try the XFL I’m sure they will give you a chance .

  34. Even if the Patriots got past all the other reasons to not let him back and did, the league would promptly do exactly what they made perfectly clear they would do. And then the whole thing would be moot.

  35. footballpat says:
    October 9, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    “I’m speechless”

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    if only he was.

  36. Robert and Jonathan Kraft probably lose $10 million in loose change out of their pockets when they sneeze, so paying that money to AB would be nothing to them. OTOH, Robert Kraft may be so pissed at some of AB’s tweets that he might prefer to drop $30 million on lawyer fees fighting to not pay him, than pay the $10 million.

  37. The NFL has been a lot more peaceful and relaxing without that sideshow. I’m glad he flew away from the Bay like a bird.

  38. I thought this toolbag just enrolled in school at Central Michigan? Now he is in Miami? He already flunked out without a tutor cheating for him?

  39. The Patriots may not have to pay him. Even if they do, they still don’t want him back unless he is cleared. But since his attempt to intimidate a witness is out in the open, it is unlikely that he will be cleared.

  40. The Pats will hold out paying him as long as they can. Once it starts getting to the courts there will be a settlement. We won’t know the numbers. Whether AB plays again will be up to the league. Unfortunately this guy will end up like TO which is a shame.

  41. Meanwhile, back at the farm, the Pats technically still own him for the price of one game check of $158,333.00 , all while keeping him from signing with any other team in the league that they might face during the season, and more importantly, in the post season. BB and RK ain’t stupid.

  42. In the unlikely event that the Pats did bring him back, Brown would need to sign a new contract with the Patriots. Would there be an additional salary cap hit? Would they be able to use the new contract as an offset against his old contract?

  43. Pats owe him for one game. The arbitrator/ courts will decide if not disclosing the pending civil suit by AB and his agent nullifies the signing bonus. At least the Raiders were smart to only give him a $1 million signing bonus, so they might owe him for a few practices.

  44. I have to say if Brady is upset Brown is gone, he’s not as smart as I thought he was…., Brown is the worse type of cancer there is…..TERMINAL!!! His passive aggressive approach to life is downright scary!!!
    Browns actions AFTER he was brought in are the reason he’s no longer welcome to play in NewEngland….. He can look in the mirror and cry to that!!!!
    DONT WANT OR NEED HIM BACK!!!!

  45. Pats fan here.

    Once again, Kraft has shown what a wuss he is. I haven’t forgotten that he was kissing Goodell’s ass after Brady was issued the BS four game suspension and we were stripped of those two picks. Kraft said he wouldn’t appeal the loss of the picks because he thought that Goodell would reduce TB’s suspension. Nor have I forgotten that he said nothing when Putin STOLE his Super Bowl ring.

    His cutting Brown instead of Belichick making the decision smacks of him not letting Parcells “shop for the groceries.”

    I can only imagine the phone call Kraft got from Goodell…

    “Bob? Roger here. Listen…I’m going to cut you a deal. I’ll forget about you and that massage parlor business if you get rid of Antonio Brown. No…YOU’RE the owner, not Belichick. You will? Good. Have a nice day.”

    You can bet that when Belichick and Brady retire, they will have plenty to say about this.

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