Antonio Brown had gone some time without speaking out against the NFL on social media. That changed Thursday.
“(Expletive) @nfl I’m going down another path no more making money off my blood and sweat!” he wrote on Instagram. “No more control of my name and body clear my name I am done with it! So you fantasy (expletive) can let it go.”
Brown’s message on Twitter was similar: “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly! Making money off my sweat and blood (expletive) the @nfl I’ll never play in that (expletive) treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go (expletive) your self.”
Brown later appeared to walk that message back, saying on Twitter he still wants to play.
“I’m just very frustrated right now with the false allegations and slander to my name,” Brown wrote. “I love football and I miss it. I just want to play and I’m very emotional about that. I’m determined to make my way back to the NFL asap”
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Thursday that the league and Brown were scheduled to meet next week. The league is currently investigating multiple allegations of sexual assault against the four-time all-pro. Anderson also reported that if he were reinstated to the league, multiple teams were interested in possibly signing the wideout.
In September, after he was released by the Oakland Raiders and joined the New England Patriots, Britney Taylor — a former personal trainer of Brown’s — filed a civil lawsuit in Florida against the receiver alleging sexual assault and rape. USA TODAY Sports does not normally name alleged victims of sexual assault except in instances when they choose to identify themselves, as Taylor did.
The next week, Brown allegedly sent threatening text messages to another woman who also had accused him of sexual assault, Sports Illustrated reported.
The Patriots then released him on Sept. 20. The NFL opened an investigation into the allegations against Brown shortly thereafter as part of its personal conduct policy. Brown has publicly denied all of the claims.