Sport Patriots decline to pay the first installment of Antonio Brown’s signing bonus
Antonio Brown's Patriots contract details released
Now we know how Antonio Brown did in his new contract with New England.
If former Patriots receiver Antonio Brown wants his $9 million signing bonus, he’s going to have to fight for it.
Per a league source, the Patriots did not pay Brown $5 million, the first installment of the signing bonus, on or before the Monday deadline specified in his contract.
The move was widely expected, even though the team’s argument for not paying earned money to Brown ultimately may fail. He did not commit a “forfeitable breach” under the terms of the labor deal. Thus, the Patriots will have to fashion an argument based on, for example, Brown withholding information as to the threatened sexual assault and rape litigation from the team. The Patriots would argue that they wouldn’t have signed Brown if they’d known about the potential lawsuit, especially since it can (and did) spark an NFL investigation that could result in Brown being placed on paid leave.
Patriots are planning for Antonio Brown to play
On Sunday, we explained that Antonio Brown directly controlled his ability to play in his first game with the Patriots. That continues to apparently be the case, but like everything else with Brown it’s subject to change. Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports that the Patriots have heard nothing from the NFL suggesting that Brown [more]
Whatever the argument, there’s no downside in refusing to pay Brown. If he wins, he gets the money — without interest, attorneys’ fees, liquidated damages, or other costs. Given his recent history of erratic and aggressive behavior, an arbitrator may be inclined to find a way to bend the facts and applicable precedent in the direction of a finding that Brown will get nothing.
Brown undoubtedly will file a grievance aimed at getting the $9 million, along with the balance of his $1 million guaranteed salary. As explained on Sunday, his minimum pay from the Patriots.
Antonio Brown to file NFL record nine grievances and appeals, per reports .
The former Patriots wide receiver hopes to recoup almost $61 million.Brown is the first player in NFL history to file that many grievances and appeals in one time period, according to Schefter’s report.
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