Last week, the New England Patriots (as if the team needed another star) signed Antonio Brown.
Brown, who had been with the Oakland Raiders, forced the trade by aggressively attacking his team’s general manager and coach who, given the acrimony of the situation, decided to release him outright.
Just hours after his release, Brown signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots for a signing bonus of $9 million dollars and up to $15 million more depending on his production.
And then, two days later, there was this – as excerpted from Luke Kenton’s article for London’s Daily Mail:
New England Patriots bosses were blindsided by the rape allegations against their new signing Antonio Brown and did not know about them until they became public, it has emerged.
Brown was due to train with his new team for the first time today but those plans have been derailed after his ex-fitness instructor Britney Taylor claimed he raped and sexually assaulted her on three occasions in 2017 and 2018.
His new team only heard about the claims when they were reported in the media last night, sources told ESPN.
The NFL star, who was already at the center of a storm over his acrimonious departure from the Oakland Raiders, denies the allegations.
Uh….buyer’s remorse, anyone?
How do you suppose fans – whether in New England or anywhere this team plays – are going to react to Brown when he is on the field? How much pressure do you think there will be for the Patriots to either suspend or nullify the deal they handed him just days ago?
Stay tuned. We should know where this is going very quickly..