Rather than suiting up for New England to face the Jets on Sunday, the embattled wide receiver spent his morning on Twitter, where he announced he was not planning on playing in the NFL again, before turning his attention to former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and FS1's Shannon Sharpe.
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 !- AB (@AB84) September 22, 2019
Brown's subsequent tweets about Roethlisberger, Kraft and Sharpe were deleted. But this becomes yet another chapter in an ongoing saga for the 31-year-old, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct, beginning with a lawsuit nearly two weeks ago. Late Thursday night, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reported that Brown had allegedly sent intimidating text messages to an alleged victim.
At this point, it's not a matter of if, but when Brown is back in the headlines. Though as it stands now, it appears the news he'll be making will likely be regarding off-the-field matters. ESPN's Adam Schefter believes that the impending NFL investigation into the allegations surrounding Brown would preclude teams from looking into signing him.
NFL now can conduct its investigation of Antonio Brown without any time pressure. It's hard to imagine another team would attempt to get in the way of that. So Brown's NFL career is on pause and possibly could even be over.- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2019