In just this calendar year alone, Antonio Brown has fallen out with three NFL teams. He’s had beefs with Ben Roethlisberger, Raiders GM Mike Mayock and the NFL’s helmet certification rules, and more recently, he has been the subject of sexual misconduct allegations.
Between his lost and unpaid salary as well as numerous fines, Brown has lost a staggering amount of money this year— his 2019 earnings in football have been reduced to just a single game cheque. Now, he’s hoping to get some of that money back.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Brown and his legal team have filed grievances against the Raiders and Patriots totaling over $40 million.
Rapoport notes that the case likely won’t be heard until next year and that "it figures to be a major upbill battle to recoup the entire sum."
Brown’s initial deal with the Raiders promised $30 million in contract guarantees, while his Patriots contract had a $9 million signing bonus. In both cases, however, those guarantees were voided.
Brown will likely remain out of football pending the NFL’s investigation into his sexual misconduct allegations. He continues to exchange shots with other NFLers on Twitter, although there are reports that some members of the Patriots — including Tom Brady — were less than pleased to see AB go.