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Antonio Brown slams NFL in profanity-laced rant, claims he's 'done' playing

Antonio Brown slams NFL in profanity-laced rant, claims he's 'done' playing

Antonio Brown reportedly plans to meet with the NFL next Thursday to discuss his sexual assault allegations.

And it sounds like he may have some choice words for the league.

The former New England Patriots wide receiver directed profanity-laced rants at the NFL on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Thursday, accusing the league of exploiting him and vowing not to play in the NFL again.

NSFW warning: These posts contain explicit language. Lots of it.

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Brown even took a shot at fantasy football owners (if any still have Brown on their teams) in a since-deleted Instagram post (courtesy of Dov Kleiman).

Brown has been a free agent since the Patriots released him on Sept. 20. The league currently is investigating several allegations against the 31-year-old, including a civil lawsuit alleging rape and sexual assault and a separate accusation of sexual misconduct.

Brown has filed grievances against both the Patriots and Oakland Raiders -- who released him in early September -- for withholding money on his contract.

It's unclear how Brown's latest social media outburst will affect his upcoming meeting with the league, but it's not the first time he's claimed he's done with the NFL.

At this point, the feeling may be mutual.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.