FOXBORO — Another Antonio Brown allegation of misconduct. Another walk-off from Bill Belichick during his media session Friday.
Already, the Patriots coach is getting annoyed with having to answer to every report of bad behavior from his receiver.
The latest has Brown reportedly sending text messages to a woman who had made an allegation of misconduct against Brown in an SI article, supposedly to deter her from making an official allegation by using intimidation and harassment.
Belichick began his press conference acknowledging he was aware of the recent situation.
“I know there are questions about Antonio Brown. We take all the situations with our team very seriously,” he said. “There are some things we’re looking into. I’m not going to comment on any of the off the field situations or take questions on that.”
He walked out seven questions later. The presser lasted 3 minutes, 10 seconds. It was the second time Belichick has walked out. He did the same right after the Patriots signed Brown, and he met the media after the civil lawsuit was filed against the receiver for sexual assault and rape.
First asked if the off-field accusations with respect to Brown complicate his ability to coach him, Belichick replied: “When we work on football, we work on football.”
Asked about Brown’s role for Sunday’s game, Belichick wouldn’t get into it. The wide receiver was present for the team’s practice.
“We’re going to do what’s best for the team like we always do,” he said.
In the follow-up question, a reporter asked: “You always say you want to do what’s best for the team, but how do you weigh their performance on the field, with their behavior off the field and what’s best for the team?”
Belichick paused for a moment, then answered.
“That’s a big picture question. We answer it the best we can,” he said. “There’s no set formula.”
How important is behavior off the field?
“Everything is important.”
In response to whether Brown would be available on Sunday, Belichick said the wide receiver was on the roster. He also wouldn’t bite on whether or not recent news would affect his status.
“I think I already addressed this. We’re going to get ready for the Jets here. I’m happy to answer any football questions. But I’m done with the rest of it.”
A final question by the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, asking if there was a point where some of the off-field behavior was enough, sent Belichick off the podium to the doorway with a “thank you” to the assembled media.
He had enough of the Brown queries.
Earlier, Joe Judge, who is Brown’s position coach, dodged questions related to the latest allegations.
“We’re so focused on the Jets right now,” he said. “I really don’t think there’s anything on the outside affecting what we’re doing today.”
Judge, however, painted Brown in a positive light on the football field.
“He’s done a tremendous job. Anything we ask him to do, he works very hard on,” said the receivers coach. “He does a lot of work away from the building, studies up. He comes in fresh, prepared the next day. He’s been a pleasure to work with.”
Also asked if the allegations have complicated their working relationship, Judge didn’t quite answer the question.
“My job is to get every player on this team prepared in all their roles on offense and the kicking game to play on Sunday,” he said. “And he’s been preparing as hard as he can football-wise. With his engagement, it’s been easy to get him ready.”
On Thursday, Brown addressed the media for the first time since the allegations came to light, but he, too deflected questions on the subject.