The New England Patriots released troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown on Friday after just once game with the defending champions amid sexual assault allegations.

“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time," the team said late Friday afternoon.

At about the same time, Brown tweeted: "Thanks for the opportunity appreciate @Patriots."

The Patriots signed Brown after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders. He was then accused of sexually assaulting a trainer, she said in a lawsuit. His lawyers have denied all allegations stemming from the lawsuit.