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Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots, not Raiders, for bad media, drama

Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots, not Raiders, for bad media, drama

Hey Antonio Brown ... did you forget someone?

The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver took to Twitter on Tuesday (again) and apologized to the New England Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft:

It appears he left someone out of the tweet, though. Where's Brown's apology to the Raiders?

The laundry list of items AB brought to the Silver and Black range from a case of extreme frostbitten feet to #HelmetGate to an altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

[RELATED: Brown's agent confident in AB return]

Just to name a few ... 

Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Raiders in March for two 2019 NFL Draft picks, and despite the excitement at the beginning, he never played a game for Oakland after requesting his release and having his wish granted right before the season opener. 

Apparently he only remembers the headaches he caused in New England, not in Oakland.

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NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft


NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft

In the span of about two weeks, Antonio Brown wore out his welcome with two different NFL teams.

The latest divorce came Friday when the New England Patriots decided enough was enough and released the embattled wide receiver.

The Athletic reported Friday, citing sources, that Brown's harrassing text messages to one of his sexual-assault accusers enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft so much that he stopped a business trip to call coach Bill Belichick.

Together, Kraft and Belichick decided to cut Brown, The Athletic reported.

In the wake of a story published by Sports Illustrated earlier in the week, Brown sent a series of "intimidating" group text messages to the artist, who came forward for the story. She had been hired by Brown in 2017 to paint a mural of him for his house.

Brown is facing accusations of sexual assault and misconduct from the artist and his former trainer. None of the allegations reportedly were known by the Patriots when they signed Brown two weeks ago.

Earlier in the week, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported, citing a source, that if Kraft had known about the accusations against Brown, he never would have approved the receiver’s signing.

For Kraft, Brown's latest actions were the final straw.

As for the Raiders, owner Mark Davis, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have to be glad Brown isn't their problem anymore.

[RELATED: NFL issues statement on AB's status]

They rid themselves of the Brown saga two weeks ago, and it's clear they made the right decision.

Brown is talented, but all of his actions over the last few months — not just the recent texts — should enrage everybody.

NFL rumors: Robert Kraft wouldn't have OK'd Antonio Brown if allegations known


NFL rumors: Robert Kraft wouldn't have OK'd Antonio Brown if allegations known

The Patriots likely aren't thrilled that Antonio Brown and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, failed to disclose the rape allegations against the receiver before he signed with the team last week.

In fact, Patriots owner Robert Kraft wouldn't have signed off on Brown had he known about the recently surfaced accusations, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning, citing a source.

Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, claims in a lawsuit that the receiver sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions. She'll reportedly meet with the NFL this week in its investigation of Brown, who landed with the Patriots after the Raiders granted his request to be released.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington also reported Sunday that Brown started settlement talks with Taylor in April, when he was with the Raiders, but he allowed the deadline to pass without signing an agreement.

The Patriots have a history of avoiding players with a history of violence against women. The team famously cut fifth-round pick Christian Peter one week after the 1996 NFL Draft, after learning more information about his criminal record involving inappropriate conduct with women.

Kraft and his son, Jonathan, had an on-field meeting with Rosenhaus minutes before Sunday’s game in Miami kicked off.

[RELATED: NFL rumors: Steelers rejected Patriots' huge AB trade offer]

It’s hard to imagine the Patriots' front office would be happy with Brown keeping the allegations under wrap, so this story likely is far from over. It appears the Raiders' front office didn't know about the allegations, either.

Despite the off-field turmoil, though, Brown lived up to the hype on the field in his New England debut Sunday, with four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in a 43-0 win over the Dolphins.

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