Several Patriots Players Reportedly Upset Team Released Antonio Brown

Ryan Hannable
September 22, 2019 - 7:27 am

While some in the Patriots organization were pleased with the decision to release Antonio Brown Friday afternoon, it wasn't unanimous.

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According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, several players privately voiced their displeasure, noting Brown had made a positive impression on teammates in a short time, while adding he did things in practice no other player could do.

In his only game last week, Brown had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The report seconded the notion that ultimately the release was led by Robert Kraft after seeing the text messages Brown sent one of his accusers on Wednesday night.

In addition, the report adds the NFL met with his second accuser Friday, which comes after it met with his first accuser, Britney Taylor, on Monday. The league considered placing Brown on the Commissioner's Exempt list last week, but it wasn't quite there yet as it continues to review everything.

The league released a statement Friday night saying it was investigating Brown and said he could not be placed on the list while he was a free agent, but it could happen if he were to be signed by another team. This will likely deter teams from signing him until the investigations are completed.

The Patriots will take on the Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.