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Seahawks ‘checked into’ Antonio Brown before. Pete Carroll answers if they will now

The Seahawks’ and Pete Carroll’s interest in Antonio Brown now?

No.

I asked Seattle’s veteran coach on Friday about an hour after the Patriots cut the troubled wide receiver just one game into his time in New England if the Seahawks would inquire about Brown?

“We’re pretty well set right now,” Carroll said, with a dismissive tone and air. “We kind of know where we are going with that.”

Eleven days earlier, Carroll said the Seahawks did inquire about Brown after the Oakland Raiders released him.

Brown later was accused in a lawsuit filed Sept. 10 of sexually assaulting his former personal trainer. The trainer, Britney Taylor, reportedly has met with NFL investigators.

Asked on Sept. 9 what he found out about Brown, presumably on that Saturday in the few hours between the Raiders releasing him and him agreeing to sign with the Patriots, Carroll said: “He’s going to New England.”

Why would the Seahawks have entertained signing Brown when in the last year he’s orchestrated his way out of contracts and teams in Pittsburgh and Oakland to then land with the defending Super Bowl-champion Patriots?

“Who said we did?” Carroll said Sept. 9. “We just read on the situation. We knew exactly what was going on. That’s what we needed to know.

“Why wouldn’t you, you know? He’s a great player. We wanted to see what was going on. Not everything is always as it seems. Check into it and see what is going on.

“You know, I have confidence in John (Schneider, Seattle’s general manager) and our guys and ourselves as coaches that we can figure those things out. And see what’s best. I don’t mind getting close to the edge with it and figuring it out.

“He was headed to New England. He was goin’.”

Now, he’s gone from the Patriots.

This week, Sports Illustrated reported that a female artist who worked at Brown’s home in the Pittsburgh area when he played for the Steelers made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Brown. That allegedly happened in 2017.

On Thursday, the lawyer for the artist reportedly reached out to the NFL after Brown appeared to have sent threatening text messages to the artist. The woman’s attorneys said in a statement Friday the NFL “pledged to conduct a thorough investigation under its Personal Conduct Policy.” According to that statement, the league contacted the Patriots. They directed Brown to have no further contact with the woman.

New England coach Bill Belichick refused to answer questions about Brown during his Friday press conference, then walked out of it when he kept getting asked about him.

Brown has gone from losing out on $30 million with the Raiders to getting a $9 million signing bonus from the Patriots that New England now might not have to pay him to potentially earning just over $300,000. That’s two weeks of regular-season pay with the Patriots.

Brown clearly needs help.

The Seahawks apparently are not going to give it to him.

Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.
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