Antonio Brown asks Instagram followers to help him contact Patriots: ‘They still gotta pay me’
Antonio Brown is still vying for the chance — and the payment — he believes he deserves in the NFL.
The wide receiver says the New England Patriots still owe him money and asked for his followers’ help in contacting the team during an Instagram live stream on Wednesday.
He implored his fans who follow the Patriots to “tell them to call” him and give him a chance to “earn” the money he says he is still owed by the team.
The Patriots included a $9 million signing bonus when agreeing to terms with Brown back in September. The former Oakland Raider and Pittsburgh Steeler signed a 1-year contract with New England but was released after just one game with the team.
Three days after Brown’s release, he was due to receive the first installment of his promised bonus — but the Patriots never paid up. It’s believed that the Patriots were relying on a “disparagement” clause in Brown’s contract that stated any payment would be voided if he took any action “that materially undermines the public’s respect for, or is materially critical of” the organization.
The wide receiver was released after sending intimidating text messages to a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct but was not pressing charges.
Brown subsequently filed grievances against the Patriots and Raiders, believing the organizations owe him roughly a combined $40 million.
Despite all the ways he believes his former teams have wronged him, the seven-time Pro-Bowler still wants to rejoin the league. He mentioned in his Wednesday live stream that he is not considering the XFL as a career move.
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