Morning sports update: Antonio Brown references Tom Brady, Robert Kraft, Patriots’ equipment staff in Twitter storm

Brown appeared to offer an apology to Kraft.

Antonio Brown during the Patriots-Dolphins game in September. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File

The Celtics make the team’s home debut at TD Garden tonight against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Bruins are also at TD Garden (except on Saturday) as Boston faces the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the seemingly inevitable news broke that the Patriots had traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Cowboys for a draft pick. This came after Bennett was suspended for a week due to a “philosophical disagreement” with a Patriots coach.

Antonio Brown tweeted a lot on Friday morning: Former Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown woke up early on Friday and logged onto Twitter at 4:44 a.m.


What followed was a steady stream of tweets for several hours. Many of them referenced Brown’s current situation — the 31-year-old is an NFL free agent after the Patriots released him on Sept. 20 — though a few directly mentioned his short time in New England.

Brown was asked if Tom Brady was better than Ben Roethlisberger, who he played alongside for nine season in Pittsburgh. Brown said Brady is on “another level.”

On getting to play with Brady and catch a touchdown pass from the Patriots’ quarterback, which Brown did for one game in Week 2 against the Dolphins, he called it a “never forget moment for life.”

However, Brown faulted Patriots equipment staff for not giving him the football he caught for a touchdown:

Brown was reportedly cut due to the “insistence” of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Shortly after his release in September, Brown criticized Kraft in now-deleted tweets, referencing Kraft being charged for soliciting prostitution in Florida.

On Friday morning, Brown appeared to offer a form of an apology to Kraft:

Yet Brown still maintained that his own actions were less responsible for his release from New England than the “price tag.”

Shortly before his release, Brown sent threatening text messages to a woman who is accusing him of making unwanted sexual advances.


Brown is currently awaiting an NFL decision following its investigation into the accusations against him that include sexual misconduct and rape.

Trivia: During Bill Belichick’s time as coach of the Patriots, two running backs have rushed for more than 200 yards in a game against New England. Name those two running backs.

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: One went to Texas Christian University, the other went to the University of Georgia.

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