NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown is no stranger to controversy. This time, he is making headlines for a recent tweet in which he told the NFL that he will never play in their league again due to the organization being racist towards black players.
Brown is due to meet with NFL investigators next week about several past sexual assault accusations. According to ESPN, the receiver is eager to clear his name and tell his version of events.
However, on Thursday, the former New England Patriot vented his frustrations at the league via a profanity-laced tweet.
“Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly!” Brown said in the tweet. “Making money off my sweat and blood F— the @nfl I’ll never play in that s— treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go f— yourself.”
This came just hours after reports surfaced about the meeting between Brown and the NFL slated for next Wednesday.
Brown had said similar things in a now-deleted Instagram post. In a September 22nd tweet, he had also stated that he no longer has the desire to play in the NFL. Despite this fact, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports he wants his playing status cleared in order to sign with a new team.
The New England Patriots released Brown after week three of this season appearing only in just one game. ESPN sources indicate that there are teams who are willing to take a chance on Brown, despite recent behavior and past sexual misconduct claims.
A former trainer has filed a lawsuit against Brown for multiple sexual assaults she said she had to endure at the hands of the wide receiver. He was also accused of sexual misconduct by an artist in 2017 for an incident that occurred while she worked at Brown’s home.
The Patriots elected to release the wideout after week three of the season when they discovered Brown had sent text messages to that same artist.
The 31-year-old Brown has filed eight grievances against the Pats and another former club, the Oakland Raiders. He claims the two organizations owe him $39.775 million in unpaid salary, bonuses and guaranteed money.