Antonio Brown was released on September 20 after 11 days in the Patriots team
Experts have claimed that the New England Patriots are likely to be forced to pay Antonio Brown a $ 9 million signing bonus after the team has released the shame-wide recipient.
Brown was released on September 20, three days before the Patriots had to pay him the first $ 5 million installment of the signing bonus.
The recipient, who is under NFL investigations for alleged assault and sending threatening text messages, contacted Twitter and mocked Patriots owner Robert Kraft about the arrest of Kraft in February for crimes for prostitution in a Florida massage parlor.
The Patriots immediately refused to pay the signing bonus and competition sources said Kraft would fight to the bitter end to prevent Brown from paying another penny after the online insults.
Patriot owner Robert Kraft (left) fights with nail and nail to prevent Brown from paying a $ 9 million signing bonus, but experts think the team might be forced to pay the bonus
However, after everything has been said and done in arbitration, the Patriots may 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.
The lawsuit in which Brown was accused of rape was filed by federal court 28-year-old Britney Taylor just three days after the Patriots signed him on September 7, hours after the Oakland Raiders cut Brown off a three-year deal for $ 30 million.
The Patriots could possibly have terminated their contract with Brown by stating that he had withheld information about the civil proceedings during negotiations – but the team ignored that claim when they allowed Brown to play against the dolphins on September 15, competition sources say . .
The Patriots played Brown (17) against Miami on 15 September – a move that can destroy their claim that they have canceled their contract by withholding information about civil proceedings
The Patriots paid Brown $ 158,333 for that match – which could ultimately undermine the team's attempt to invalidate the guaranteed signing bonus.
& # 39; If they had cut (Brown) as soon as they became aware of the civil proceedings, then there is the argument of the (withheld) violation undermining the entire agreement & # 39 ;, a division source told Yahoo Sports.
& # 39; But they kept him in the selection after the lawsuit was filed. They played him in a game. They even paid him checks for (two weeks) work. If the civil proceedings were a real dealbreaker, the Patriots could have shown it by breaking the deal. Their actions appeal to their intention and their intention was shown when they continued to pay him after the civil proceedings. & # 39;
Nevertheless, nearby observers expect Kraft to fight the bonus payment at every step of arbitration, and say Brown would not expect to see the money earlier than late in 2020.
& # 39; This is just hatred. They fight (Brown) completely out of anger and shame in ownership, & a source told Yahoo.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Brown Kraft mocked with the words: & # 39; Kraft got entangled in the salon's AB speculations and clearly shot several blows off different people. & # 39;
In a tweet that his prosecutor, Britney Taylor (left), suggested, Brown went to dig up to his old boss, Patriot's owner Robert Kraft, citing his indictment about requesting indictment to say: & # 39; Kraft was caught in the salon AB speculations fired different blows clearly different people & # 39;
Some believe that Kraft refuses to pay Brown, regardless of what judgment is given in arbitration.
After his release from the Patriots, Brown initially went to Twitter to announce his retirement from the NFL, but quickly changed course and said he hoped to play again.
& # 39; I'm still the best why quit now, & # 39; Brown wrote on Thursday.
The 31-year-old free agent also boasted, somewhat ambiguously: & # 39; The game needs me, I'm like test answers. & # 39;
Brown is currently an unlimited free agent and is being investigated by the NFL, which has not yet reached a conclusion in its investigation.
Drew 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.
Timeline of the rise and fall of Antonio Brown in the NFL
2010: The Pittsburgh Steelers are pulling Brown out in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Season 2010 to season 2018: With the Steelers, Brown excels and blows expectations out of the water.
In Pittsburgh he collects more receptions and yards than any other player since he entered the competition.
July 18, 2018: Brown is named as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 19.
March 9, 2019: After Brown sits in the bank for missing exercise, he presses the Steelers to trade him. The Steelers agree to trade Brown against the Oakland Raiders, who sign him for a three-year deal, $ 30 million.
3 August: Brown publishes a photo of his heavily blown feet on Instagram, which later turned out to freeze on his feet because he was not wearing the right footwear during a cryotherapy session. He lacks various practices.
August 9: Brown makes a complaint and demands that he continues to wear his old helmet, even though it was forbidden. Between his helmet and his feet, Brown misses 10 out of 11 training camp trainings.
September 4: Brown is fined $ 54,000 by managing director Mike Mayock for non-fabricated absences. He posts the fine letter on Instagram.
5 September: Brown has a verbal argument with Mayock, who is white and allegedly the GM a & # 39; cracker & # 39; calls. Brown denies the report.
September 7: The Oakland Raiders release Brown. Just a few hours later, the New England Patriots Brown signed for an annual agreement of $ 15 million.
September 10: Brown & # 39; s former personal trainer Britney Taylor, 28, accuses him of being raped in a lawsuit filed in Florida.
September 15: In his only game with the Patriots, Brown gets four receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown in a 43-0 win over the dolphins.
16 September: A second, unnamed woman accuses Brown of sexual harassment in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
September 19: Nike drops Brown after a massive approval agreement.
September 20: Reports show that Brown has sent threatening text messages to the second prosecutor. Patriot coach Bill Belichick storms press conference after facing avalanche of questions about Brown.
September 20: Just a few hours after the press conference, the Patriots announce that Brown has been released from the team.
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