NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Ali Thanawalla
NBC Sports BayArea

In the span of about two weeks, Antonio Brown wore out his welcome with two different NFL teams.

The latest divorce came Friday when the New England Patriots decided enough was enough and released the embattled wide receiver.

The Athletic reported Friday, citing sources, that Brown's harrassing text messages to one of his sexual-assault accusers enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft so much that he stopped a business trip to call coach Bill Belichick.

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Together, Kraft and Belichick decided to cut Brown, The Athletic reported.

In the wake of a story published by Sports Illustrated earlier in the week, Brown sent a series of "intimidating" group text messages to the artist, who came forward for the story. She had been hired by Brown in 2017 to paint a mural of him for his house.

Brown is facing accusations of sexual assault and misconduct from the artist and his former trainer. None of the allegations reportedly were known by the Patriots when they signed Brown two weeks ago.

Earlier in the week, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported, citing a source, that if Kraft had known about the accusations against Brown, he never would have approved the receiver's signing.

For Kraft, Brown's latest actions were the final straw.

As for the Raiders, owner Mark Davis, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have to be glad Brown isn't their problem anymore.

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They rid themselves of the Brown saga two weeks ago, and it's clear they made the right decision.

Brown is talented, but all of his actions over the last few months - not just the recent texts - should enrage everybody.

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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