Monday came and went without the Patriots paying Antonio Brown $5 million, Pro Football Talk reported.
This was widely expected after the Patriots released him on Friday amid a sexual assault lawsuit and allegations from a second accuser. Monday was the deadline for the Patriots to pay Brown $5 million of his $9 million signing bonus, with the rest due on Jan. 15.
The seven-time Pro Bowler took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was charged in February with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor, in the aftermath of his release.
“Kraft never writing that check, no matter what the ruling is now,” a source told ESPN.com.
Reports indicate Brown will file a grievance to get the $9 million, along with his $1 million guaranteed salary from the Patriots, who owe him a minimum of $283,333.
Technically Brown didn’t commit a “forfeitable breach” under the terms of his contract, per Pro Football Talk, but the Patriots could argue that the former sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft neglected to warn them of the potential sexual assault and rape allegations.
The civil lawsuit filed by Britney Taylor, alleging three sexual assaults by Brown, became public on Sept. 10, three days after he was released by the Raiders and signed with the Patriots. A second accuser came out last week in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Then on Thursday night, the second accuser provided Sports Illustrated threatening texts that Brown allegedly sent to her after she went public.
That was believed to be the last straw for the Patriots.
The odds are stacked against Brown, who has been at the center of a media frenzy the past few months between his dramatic departures from two NFL teams and repeated sexual misconduct allegations.
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