UPDATE: The NFL announced on Twitter, "The #Patriots have released WR Antonio Brown." The Patriots went on to tweet, "The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of manypeople over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time."
The negative headlines regarding New England Patriots star Antonio Brown keep coming. Brown is back in the news days before he plays his second game for the Patriots against the New York Jets.
Nike announced they will no longer work with the NFL pro, and Sports Illustrated reports a second accuser of alleged sexual misconduct is claiming she received text messages from Brown after she came forward.
According to SI, Antonio allegedly included the unnamed woman on a group text saying she wanted money from him and asking his associates to investigate her. He reportedly included photos of her kids that she had posted on Instagram. SI says her lawyer sent a letter to the NFL on Thursday with screenshots of the exchange, reiterating that she is not seeking financial compensation from Brown.
Brown has not publicly responded to the text message claims, but previously denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and rape. He has not been charged with a crime.
“Extra” was with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and wide receiver Eric Decker, who both weighed in on Brown’s legal troubles.
Boomer said, “It is not surprising. This is a very tough world we are living in. Social media is tough. There are a lot of people that have expectations out there and an opportunity to voice their opinions. It is not surprising that Nike dropped Antonio. He has had a lot of problems in his life, and hopefully for him and his family he gets his life straightened out [in order to] be the football player we all know that he can be.”
Eric told “Extra,” “You shouldn't be guilty until proven guilty, you know, and a lot of people try to find an easy way to get some money or fame quick. I think the justice system will prove what's right and what's wrong.”
As for Nike dropping Brown, Eric said, “I also understand Nike's position but again, it's a hard world right now with all the social media stuff and all the opinions out there.”