Bill Belichick reacts to Antonio Brown’s first game with Patriots
All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown made his debut for the New England Patriots on Sunday in spite of swirling allegations about sexual assault, helping the reigning Super Bowl champions defeat the lowly Miami Dolphins 43-0. Head coach Bill Belichick, ever the projection of the New England’s polarizing demeanor and professionalism, reacted to Brown’s first game as a member of the Patriots.
Per ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Twitter:
“We’ll take a look at it on film. It was one week. There are a lot of things we can work on. But it’s good to have him out there.”
Brown finished the Week 2 tilt, his first of the season, too, with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown—becoming the first player to catch a touchdown throw from both quarterbacks Tom Brady and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger.
The 31-year-old Brown was traded by the Steelers to the Oakland Raiders in the offseason for third- and fifth-round draft picks. After multiple problems with the team and general manager Mike Mayock, the Raiders voided Brown’s contract and released the seven-time Pro-Bowl wideout.
Subsequently, Belichick and the Patriots signed Brown to a one-year deal after their Week 1 rout of the Steelers at home, where they unfurled their sixth Super Bowl banner.
Brown’s accuser and alleged victim will reportedly speak with the NFL on Monday, creating further scrutiny over Belichick, the Patriots, and Brown on the decision to play the receiver on Sunday given the proximity towards more information coming to light.