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Antonio Brown appears to retire from NFL in cryptic tweet

Key Points
  • Former receiver Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Sunday after he was released from New England Patriots saying he "will not be playing in the NFL anymore." 
  • The Patriots released Brown after the team learned he tried to intimidate a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. A second woman had previously filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape.
  • Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers and released from Oakland Raiders earlier this year.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on before the start of a game against the Miami Dolphins on September 15 2019.
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Antonio Brown says he is finished with the NFL.

In a on the morning his most recent team was getting ready to play without him, the former New England Patriots receiver says, "Will not be playing in the NFL anymore." He went on to take shots at other people in football who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Included among them: Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was arrested in a prostitution and sexual trafficking sting in a Florida massage parlor. He has not been punished. "Different strokes different folks clearly," Brown wrote.

Another target was Brown's longtime Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for four games after he was twice accused of sexual assault.

"4 games for Big Ben crazy world I'm done with it," Brown tweeted over a screenshot of a news article about the investigation.

Brown was traded out of Pittsburgh and released in Oakland after his off-field antics became too much for those teams. The Patriots signed him anyway, and just days later a woman filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of rape. He played in one game, then was released after the team learned he tried to intimidate a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. Brown's first tweet on Sunday seemed to be indicate that a fight over his $9 million signing bonus is headed for a union grievance.

The first payment of the bonus was due on Monday, and the Patriots have not paid. The team is attempting to void the deal and withhold the money, even after playing him in one game after knowing about two separate accusations of sexual misconduct, one of them including an allegation of rape.

Brown had also been guaranteed $29 million by the Raiders.

"Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore," he wrote. "These owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !"

Brown also appeared to condone threats made against the Sports Illustrated writer whose article included the allegations that led to Brown's release. Over a news article describing the threats from some Patriots fans, Brown wrote, "System working effectively."