Patriots Release WR Antonio Brown, Who Responds With Several Instagram Posts

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots have released Antonio Brown.

“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown," the team said in a statement. "We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

This comes following a number of recent allegations, including sexual assault and rape over the last week plus. Brown has denied all of them through his representation.

When asked about the allegations Thursday, he said he wanted to focus "on ball."

Brown acknowledged the news that he was released in a tweet and posted several photos on Instagram relating to his release.

His reaction on Instagram was both thankful for the Patriots, but also clearly upset with how things transpired off the field.

Brown played last Sunday for the team and finished with four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Since that game, though, a second accuser spoke out against Brown in a recent Sports Illustrated story alleging sexual misconduct from Brown while she was hired to paint a mural from him in his home.

On Friday, she told SI that Brown had sent her "intimidating" text messages after the story came out. The woman's lawyer sent a letter to the NFL regarding the text messages and the league was reportedly planning to plan a phone call between investigators and the accuser's attorney.

Later in the day, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had cut his press conference short earlier after the volume of questions related toward Brown.

He had said "I'm done with the rest of it" to a question about Brown before ending his presser.

Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also released a statement regarding Brown's release and his future.

"It's unfortunate things didn't work out with the Patriots," said Drew Rosenhaus on Twitter. "But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon."