FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Antonio Brown may be gone, but it is apparently going to be awhile before he’s forgotten.
Amid reports the Patriots don’t plan to cut him a check Monday for the first installment of $10 million in bonus money — and word he will file a grievance through the NFLPA to collect the money — the talented and unemployed wide receiver went on a Twitter rant Sunday morning. He spared few who have come into his path inside and outside of Gillette Stadium.
He also said he’s “done” with the NFL.
He tweeted: “Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !”
And: “(Robert) Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly.”
His syntax wasn’t the greatest, but you get the point, right?
As we probably could have predicted, there was also a threat aimed at Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko, who wrote the piece that led to all this, prompting death threats from Patriots fans. Klemko posted screenshots of threats that included, “I really hope something happens to you. LIKE SOON and it will.”
Brown’s reaction to the mean tweets could also be a factor in his not returning to the NFL. “System working effectively,” he tweeted.
Fans also accused Klemko of sitting on the story until Brown signed with the Patriots.
Meanwhile, amid reports the latest texts to a second alleged victim is what pushed Kraft over the edge, another report had some Patriots players supporting Brown and arguing against the release.
After the game, coach Bill Belichick, asked why the team released Brown, said, “We’ll just focus on today’s game.” Remember, Belichick walked out on two recent media conferences when the Brown questions continued.
Phillip Dorsett, briefly a teammate of Brown, said, “Honestly, I don’t want to speak on it.”
Stay tuned – there’s much more to come on this story.
Homecoming for Griffin
Londonderry native Ryan Griffin, on a new team after six years with the Texans, had one catch for 5 yards. He’s disappointed in the 0-3 start but said, “We’ve got heart. You know, we scored (on) special teams and defense. So as soon as we get things corrected offensively, you know, we’ve got the team to compete.”
As far as his new surroundings, he said, “Everybody’s been great to me. I walked right in and had an opportunity to play a lot of football, which is what I was looking for. Everybody’s been great, great teammates. We’re off to a rough start, but I’ve got confidence we’ll turn it around.”
Asked if it’s still special coming “home” to play, Griffin said, “Absolutely. … I grew up playing football in the snow, watching (the Patriots) play. I didn’t get to come out here a whole bunch, but it is a special place to me. I love coming back to a bunch of friends and family.”
For the second time in the first three games, the Patriots were missing a player due to the birth of a child. Kyle Van Noy missed the season opener and James White was out Sunday.
Also missing from the New England backfield was fullback James Develin, out with a neck injury.
Already shorthanded, the Pats lost receiver Julian Edelman (rib, x-rays reportedly negative), defensive tackle Adam Butler (leg) and outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) during the game.
New Hall of Famer Ty Law was honored at halftime.
The win raised Belichick’s record against the AFC East to 90-30, including a 29-10 mark against the Jets. … Phillip Dorsett had a streak of catching passes on 26 straight targets snapped in the third quarter on a play that was reviewed but not overturned. … Matthew Slater pulled off more punt team magic, knocking a Jake Bailey kick out of the air and placing it on the 1 to be downed. “Matt’s probably the best in the league at that,” Belichick said.