NFL-free agent Antonio Brown is expected to file a record number of complaints against the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots in his attempt to recoup as much of the $ 61 million in salary guarantees he feels he owes after his release from both franchises in the past month.
According to ESPN, Brown and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will submit nine grievances and appeals, most ever by one player at a time. Brown's claims include $ 29 million in salary guarantees that were canceled by the Raiders before being released in Oakland on September 7.
Brown finally agreed hours later with a one-year deal worth $ 15 million with the New England Patriots, but has since been released by the defending Super Bowl champions amid accusations of sexual violence and rape.
He is also looking for his full $ 9 million salary bonus and $ 1 million in salary guarantees from the Patriots, among other requirements.
In a lawsuit filed by his former personal trainer Britney Taylor on September 10, Brown was charged with rape and two cases of sexual abuse in 2017 and 2018.
He has denied the accusations.
On September 7, Antonio Brown agreed to a one-year deal worth $ 15 million with the New England Patriots hours. He has since been released amid an accusation of rape
Antonio Brown's claims included $ 29 million in salary guarantees that were canceled by the Raiders before being released in Oakland on September 7 in the midst of a dispute with the front office
Although Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has acknowledged that he and Brown are aware of the possibility of a lawsuit, the question of whether or not the Patriots have been informed remains open.
In an interview with ESPN, Rosenhaus refused to say whether he was discussing the potential for litigation against his client when the two sides agreed to the deal on September 7 (the deal was officially signed on September 9)
The NFL network reported that the Patriots would not have signed Brown if they were aware of the potential for a rape case.
Brown has since been accused of sexually harassing another woman in 2017 when he stopped her from painting a mural in his house, where he eliminated and approached the unidentified artist with just a towel over his genitals.
In response to the Sports Illustrated report of the incident, Brown sent threatening text messages to the unidentified prosecutor and was subsequently released by the Patriots on September 20.
The Patriots were Brown's third team since March, when he was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Raiders, who made him the best-paid football player with a three-year deal of $ 50 million.
It went wrong for Brown in training camp, where he missed time after injuring his feet in a cryotherapy device before sitting down due to a dispute with the NFL over his helmet.
When the problem was finally resolved, Brown was fined by the missed practices team, leading to a heated confrontation between him and CEO Mike Mayock.
Brown apologized the next day for teammates, but when the team subsequently fined him for & # 39; behavior that was harmful to the team & # 39; and canceled $ 29 million in salary guarantees, he demanded his release.
The Raiders cut Brown on September 7 before playing even one regular season game for the team, although he played for Oakland in the preseason.
His term of office in New England was only slightly more productive. Brown caught four steps, including a touchdown in week 2 of the Patriots, who won the Miami Dolphins.
After his release from New England on September 20, Brown tweeted that he had finished playing football because owners could cancel & # 39; deals & # 39; and & # 39; do whatever they want at any time & # 39 ;.
Rosenhaus, Brown's agent, believes his client will be back in the NFL if and when the competition clears him from any misconduct.
& # 39; I believe Antonio wants to continue his career in the NFL, & # 39; said Rosenhaus on the podcast of retired NFL veteran Warren Sapp.
& # 39; It is my hope, it is Antonio's hope that he will play back as soon as possible, & # 39; Rosenhaus added.
Rosenhaus reiterated Wednesday that teams are interested in Brown, and he expects the wideout to continue playing.
& # 39; I have had conversations with a few teams who are very interested in him and want to know about his future and what is going on with the NFL & # 39 ;, Rosenhaus said on the podcast. & # 39; Hopefully, when all that is resolved, Antonio can continue his career in the Hall of Fame.
Perhaps the Patriots have no choice but to pay Brown the signing bonus, five experts said Yahoo Sports.
The key to the dispute lies in the collective labor agreement of the competition, which lists four specific reasons why a player would lose a signing bonus. Those reasons are:
- The player refuses to report, practice or play in the team
- The player cannot play because he has been arrested and locked up
- The player suffers from a non-football injury that makes him unavailable
- The player voluntarily withdraws
League sources say that whatever the Patriots put into their contract with Brown, these four conditions are the only one that allows the CBA to lose a signing bonus.
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