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Antonio Brown released by Patriots

Patriots: New England Nation

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots have parted ways with star wideout Antonio Brown.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the team said: “We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The NFL also released a statement, saying they’re currently investigating several allegations, some of which are “the subject of pending litigation.”

“We have as of yet made no findings regarding these issues,” the statement reads.

The NFL said as long as Brown is a free agent, “placement on the Commissioner’s exempt list is not appropriate.”

If Brown is signed by a club, he could be placed on the list depending on the outcome of the league’s investigation.

Brown thanked the Patriots for the opportunity in a series of tweets.

Brown signed a one-year, $15-million deal with the Patriots earlier this month after he was released by the Oakland Raiders.

His brief tenure with the Patriots was marred with controversy after he was accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed by a former classmate and trainer. He denied the allegations and his agent called the lawsuit a “money grab.”

Brown played one game with New England, pulling in four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 43-0 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins last weekend.

He addressed the media for the first time as a member of the Patriots on Thursday while head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady spoke to reporters on Friday but none of them touched upon Brown’s off-the-field issues, nor did they offer any indication he would be released.

The team is back home for this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and remember – the game’s on 12!

Will the Patriots be able to sustain the dominance put on display in their first two games? We’ll discuss that and more on New England Nation at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Providence, then be sure to join us at noon for Game Day Live on WPRI.com for the latest from the field at Gillette Stadium.

Later on – don’t forget to tune into WPRI 12 at 11:15 p.m. for the New England Nation Patriots Wrap where we’ll break down Sunday’s game and have a recap from around the NFL.

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