'It is best to move in a different direction.' Patriots release former Steeler Antonio Brown

PITTSBURGH — The New England Patriots have released former Steelers wide-receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown played just one game for the Patriots.

Brown is currently being sued by Britney Taylor, a former trainer who said Brown sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions. She filed the civil suit in the Southern District of Florida.

Another woman claims Brown exposed himself to her while she was working on a mural project at his home in Pittsburgh and later sent her intimidating text messages.

According to Sports Illustrated, the woman said Brown sent her a group text message with pictures of her and her children, accusing her of making the whole story up in order to get money. The messages also described the woman as a "super broke girl."

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Additionally, Brown also faces several other lawsuits from people claiming he owes them money for unpaid bills.

His attorney said his client denies all of the allegations.

Brown tweeted shortly after his release.

The Patriots posted a short statement:

"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."

Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also released a short statement.

The league has announced that at this point Brown is not on the Commissioner's list and is eligible to sign with another team.

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