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Bill Belichick Reportedly Acted Alone With Antonio Brown Signing

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to Antonio Brown.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown with head coach Bill Belichick against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick has basically complete control over most facets of the New England Patriots. That has served the franchise extremely well for two decades, but maybe not so much with this Antonio Brown situation.

After his release from the Oakland Raiders, Belichick jumped at the chance to sign the Hall of Fame-level wide receiver. It was not yet known that Brown had imminent sexual assault allegations coming down against him.

Brown played one game for the Pats, and was cut after it was revealed that he sent intimidating text messages to an accuser. He was then cut by the team, and has been very active on social media since, going as far as to mock owner Robert Kraft's massage parlor incident from the off-season.

Kraft was reportedly "enraged" when it was revealed that Brown had texted the accuser. It is interesting that the blame for bringing in Brown is being laid at the feet of Belichick, and Belichick alone.

A new report says that the coach and general manager acted alone in signing the controversial receiver.

The Ringer's Ryen Russillo said as much on the latest episode of his podcast, released Monday. Via NBC Sports Boston:

"From what I've heard, Belichick just did this completely on his own,” Russillo said on The Ryen Russillo Podcast.

" ... When Brown was (cut by the Raiders), Rosenhaus calls Bill (and says), ‘Let’s figure this out,’ and Bill’s like, ‘Done.' But Belichick didn't consult anybody else and just did it."

Belichick's handling of the fallout hasn't been the most graceful, but that is hardly a surprise.

He walked out of a press conference during the week, after the team cut Antonio Brown, and stared down Dana Jacobson when she asked about the situation during a CBS pregame interview on Sunday.

Ultimately this won't have any real impact on Bill Belichick's legacy in any meaningful way, but this has been a saga that Belichick probably hopes will go largely forgotten.

[The Ringer]