Antonio Brown released by New England Patriots after just one game

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The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Antonio Brown after just one game for the franchise.

Brown, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on 7 September worth a reported £12.2m ($15m) including a £7.3m ($9m) signing bonus.

He scored a touchdown in his only appearance for the Patriots against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

“We feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time,” read a Patriots statement.

Brown was accused of rape by his former personal trainer earlier this month, an accusation which he denies.

Britney Taylor, who decided to forgo anonymity, said Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a civil lawsuit she filed.

Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, this week denied further allegations published in American magazine Sports Illustrated.

Before news of his departure had been confirmed, Brown posted a message on Twitter thanking the Patriots for the opportunity to play for them.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on Twitter: “It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots. 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.”

“We take all the situations with our team very seriously,” he said. “There are some things we are looking into but I’m not going to have any comment on the off-the-field situations.”

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