UNITED STATES—ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced on Sunday, September 29 that NFL star Antonio Brown plans to file nine grievances against, the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots in an attempt to recoup over $61 million he believes is owed to him.
After a season of not knowing what would be next for the NFL star, Brown is now an unrestricted free agent with no team to play for. After being traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders in March 2019. He was signed to a new contract worth $50.125 million. Brown was released September 7 and went on to sign with the New England Patriots, but only played in one game before being released by the team.
Brown’s grievances and appeals include the following:
-fine appeals with Oakland Raiders $215,000
-salary guarantees with Raiders $29 million
-signing bonus with Raiders $1 million
-Raiders unpaid week 1 salary $860,000
-New England Patriots salary guarantee $1 million
-Patriots signing bonus $9 million
-Patriots unpaid week 3 salary $64,000
-Patriots option year in 2020 $20 million
Brown’s first installment of his $4 million signing bonus was scheduled for last Monday, but the Patriots declined to pay because he did not disclose his pending civil lawsuits, which violates their “reputation and warranty” clause.
If these grievances and appeals are filed, Brown would be the first player in NFL history to file nine grievances in one motion. Brown is under investigation by two women for sexual assault, which the athlete has denied any wrongdoing.