Report: Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft jointly decided to release Antonio Brown

Ryan Hannable
September 20, 2019 - 10:49 pm

Late Friday afternoon, Antonio Brown was officially released by the Patriots amid multiple allegations.

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So, how did it all go down?

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft jointly decided to release the wide receiver.

Kraft, who was away on business Friday, became "enraged" when he heard of the text messages Brown apparently sent to the woman who accused him of making sexual advances towards her in 2017 while she was painting a picture of him.

This came out in a Sports Illustrated story published Monday.

Kraft and Belichick then spoke and ultimately decided to release Brown just 11 days after they first signed him.

Brown was present at the beginning of Patriots practice, which began just before 12 p.m. and then was released just after 4 p.m.

The Patriots reportedly will not need to pay any of the $10 million in guaranteed money to Brown because he violated terms of his contract.

Related: NFL releases statement, which acknowledges league office investigating multiple allegations against Antonio Brown