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Patriots release Antonio Brown amid sexual assault allegations

The New England Patriots announced Friday they had released wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has recently faced sexual assault allegations. 

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. 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," the team said in a statement.

Brown acknowledged his release, tweeting "Thank you for the opportunity @Patriots #GoWinIt."

The Patriots did not provide a reason for releasing Brown.

Brown signed with the Patriots after being released from the Oakland Raiders earlier this month. Two days after he signed with the New England team, Brown's former trainer accused him of three separate instances of sexual assault that she says occurred in 2017 and 2018. He has denied all of the allegations.

The release also comes after lawyers for another woman who accused him of sexual harassment said their client had received intimidating texts from Brown after she went public with her accusations. 

Brown was a member of the Patriots for 11 days. 

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