White House pressured NOAA to issue statement backing Trump: Official

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shaunl/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reach out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and “correct the record” after weather forecasters contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, a senior White House official told ABC News Wednesday.

That development came as congressional Democrats demanded answers about how and why NOAA issued a statement backing Trump.

The White House official said Mulvaney did not direct Ross to threaten any firings or make any other threats over the incident but expressed a view that the forecasters had overstepped in their contradiction of the president, maintaining that Trump was accurate to say that Alabama could be affected by the storm.

The New York Times was the first to report of the White House’s direct involvement in the administration’s effort to pressure NOAA to publicly repudiate the forecasters who tweeted definitively that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.”

President Trump on Wednesday denied any personal involvement in coercing the federal scientific agency to take corrective action.

“No, I never did that,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “That was a whole hoax about the hurricane when they talked about Alabama. It was fake news from the beginning. It was a fake story.”

Commerce Department officials have described the story as “false.” The department’s inspector general has said the matters are now “under review.”

A separate Commerce Department spokesman said “Secretary Ross did not threaten to fire any NOAA staff over forecasting and public statements about Hurricane Dorian.”

Last week President Trump also denied knowing anything about how that weather map appeared altered with a black marker to show Alabama in Dorian’s path.

But multiple sources in the White House have since confirmed to ABC News that it was Trump himself who drew on the map.

Members of Congress were briefed Tuesday on the reported threat to fire NOAA staff, according to people familiar with the ongoing conversations.

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Commerce inspector general demanding answers.

“Scientists within the federal government work for the American people, not for private industry or the President’s personal vanity. Individuals and families across the country rely on weather forecasting to determine everything from what they wear each day to the decision to evacuate a home during extreme weather events. As deadly extreme weather becomes more and more common, maintaining public trust in these reports becomes increasingly important. Agency officials should not be sacrificing trustworthy weather reporting for political gain,” the senators wrote in the letter.

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii blasted the Trump administration for allegedly retaliating against NOAA employees.

“I am extremely concerned with anytime that there is a threat to fire people, to discipline people for stating facts, that should be a concern to all of us,” Hirono told ABC News. “But sadly that’s par for the course for this administration because they do not rely on facts or science for their positions. They have a position and everybody else has to conform to that position.”

She added: “That’s very dangerous for our country, but it’s been going on pretty much since the president has taken office because he lies every single day and he just wants people around him who will enable him to keep on lying to the American people.”

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Shameik Moore says ‘Wu-Tang: An America Saga’ reveals the authentic side of the iconic hip-hop group

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Hulu/Craig Blankenhorn(NEW YORK) — Shameik Moore plays a young Raekwon in the new Hulu series Wu-Tang: An America Saga. The 24-year old actor, singer and rapper tells ABC Radio that the Wu-Tang Clan series shows the authentic side of the group that its members never revealed in the past. 

“When cameras came, it felt like the FBI to these guys. So there wasn’t really showing or saying certain things to the camera,” he says. “[We] wasn’t gonna find out what made Method Man tick, what made Raekwon tick, what made RZA tick.” 

“On this show, you get more,” Moore continues. “You get what makes them tick. The stuff that they would never just show you, you know, in a documentary or just being themselves.”

Moore worked with RZA previously when the Wu-Tang leader directed his upcoming film Cut Throat City, which also stars Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard and T.I  The Get Down star says it was on the set of that movie that RZA decided he should play Raekwon.

“He told me that he saw moments in that film, small moments, where I got upset or I got more serious and he was like, ‘I feel like you can play Raekwon based off of that.’”

Ironically, Moore says as a child, he wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop.  However, he became a fan through watching the 2004 film You Got Served, starring Marques Houston and B2K.

“I was in military school and Christian schools, like real strict environments growing up,” he recalls. “Then I got into hip-hop after I saw You Got Served.  That was a totally different generation of hip- hop at that point.” 

Wu-Tang: American Saga, also starring Erika Alexander from Living Single, premiered September 4 on Hulu.

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Trump has ‘encouraging’ call with bipartisan Senate negotiators on gun control

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A bipartisan trio of senators negotiating with White House aides on potential gun control legislation said they had spoken by phone on Wednesday with President Donald Trump for 40 minutes to – for the first time – make their case for expanded background checks for all commercial gun sales.

“It was a very engaging conversation,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said, adding, “The president’s still very encouraging and I believe sincerely wants to move forward and do something. We’re going to know, hopefully by tomorrow, if there’s something that we can all agree on.”

But the president has yet to make a decision and they said he showed no sign on the phone call of what he’ll sign onto, after weeks of flip-flopping on the issue in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

“I want to be clear. The president did not make a commitment to support any particular bill or any particular thing, but he did strongly convey an interest in doing something meaningful and something that we would be able to embrace and that could pass,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., told reporters afterward.

A source familiar with the talks, which included Manchin, Toomey, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who favors far more expansive gun control measures, said there was no agreement by the president on when he would reveal his highly-anticipated decision; rather, White House staff is expected to present options to Trump in the next 24 to 48 hours. Then Trump would be left to make a decision.

“We’re getting to the witching hour” for a decision, Murphy said.

“We are looking at background checks, and we are looking at putting everything together in a unified way so that we can have something that’s meaningful and at the same time all of us want to protect our great second amendment,” Trump told ABC’s Jordyn Phelps Wednesday.

“We’ll see if we can come up with something that’s acceptable to everybody,” Trump said, adding that he plans to have another meeting on the subject tonight and speak with the senators again Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that he will not commit to putting any legislation on the floor for a vote until the president makes clear what he supports and the leader knows the legislation can become law.

“My members know the very simple fact that to make a law you have to have a presidential signature,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday, noting that Administration officials are “working on coming up with a proposal that the president will sign. Until that happens, all of this is theatrics.”

Gun control presents a particularly sticky political situation for Republicans and moderate Democrats in red states, as the National Rifle Association – which adamantly opposes gun control measures under consideration — still wields substantial influence despite its own internal upheaval.

But polls show some of the measures under active consideration are highly-politically popular.

In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 89 percent support background checks for all gun purchases, including private and gun show sales; and 86 percent back “red flag” laws allowing the police to take guns from individuals found by a judge to be a danger.

The Manchin-Toomey-Murphy effort would expand background checks to all commercial sales, including those at gun shows and online. But the legislation, Toomey told reporters Tuesday, is still a work in progress. There could be tweaks like to the exemption for family members selling to one another, to rural dwellers who have no alternative than to sell their weapons online.

The trio of senators did not come away from the Trump phone call in agreement on expectations.

Sen. Manchin, always the optimist, said, “(Trump) can support something that we can all agree on is what I took out of that.”

When asked about the timeline for a presidential decision, specifically, Manchin said, “Tomorrow … The president said that we should be able to hear back from his staff by tomorrow.”

Sen. Toomey, with a frown, said, “We don’t know,” when referring to a timeline. “I’m not going to predict a time frame for this. There are an awful lot of people providing unsolicited advice to the president on this – probably solicited advice as well. So – there was a discussion about having a step forward one way or another tomorrow, but I’m not sure that that’s carved in stone.”

Manchin interjected, smiling, “But we’re still hopeful for positive. Positive.”

While Murphy still puts the odds of a deal at “less than 50-50,” he was heartened that President Trump was “very engaged” and “asking questions” in their conversation.

“I think it’s good news that the president is still personally engaged,” Murphy said. “We had a long, wide-ranging conversation. We got down into the details for the first time with the president about some of the ways that a bill can attract support from both parties.”

Later on the Senate floor, Murphy – together with his Democratic colleagues pushing more expansive gun control measures – said, “After spending about 40 minutes with the President this afternoon, I don’t know that the president is yet convinced that he should support universal background checks.”

Senators, anxious to capture any shred of momentum and in an abbreviated time period before the next week-long recess, are pushing for a decision as soon as possible.

Unlike Murphy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump ally, appeared optimistic about the chances of some kind of deal, telling reporters, “I think that the White House is working with Senator Murphy … I’ve talked with Senator Murphy. We’ve got some bumps, but I think we’re getting there into a space where we can expand background checks for more commercial transactions.”

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Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was as powerful as 10 billion atomic bombs, new research finds

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Don Davis/NASA(NEW YORK) — Scientists have found hard evidence in massive chunks of rocks that the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs was powerful enough to trigger wildfires, tsunamis and blast so much dust into the atmosphere that it blocked out the sun — and they estimate the impact was as powerful as 10 billion atomic bombs of the same size used in World War II.

The impact created an inferno, enough to scorch plants thousands of miles away, followed by cooling due to all the dust being thrown into the air.

“We fried them and then we froze them,” Sean Gulick, a research professor at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), said in a statement announcing their findings. “Not all the dinosaurs died that day, but many dinosaurs did.”

More than two dozens international scientists contributed to the new research published Monday in the paper the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study looked at hundreds of feet of rocks from from the impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico that were created within the first day that the massive asteroid struck Earth.

“It’s an expanded record of events that we were able to recover from within ground zero,” Gulick added. “It tells us about impact processes from an eyewitness location.”

Researchers said that studying the rocks from the impact zone shed new light on the longer-lasting effects of the asteroid impact that wiped out 75% of life on the planet.

One of their biggest findings was that there was no sulfur in the core of the asteroid impact zone, but the area surrounding the crater was full of sulfur-rich rocks, researchers said in a statement. The lack of sulfur at the core supports a theory that the impact alone of the asteroid instantly vaporized sulfur minerals at the site, releasing them into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and causing a global cooling.

While the impact of the asteroid was massive, “the real killer has got to be atmospheric,” according to Gulick.

“The only way you get a global mass extinction like this is an atmospheric effect,” he added.

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Jury finds Mar-a-Lago trespasser guilty on 2 counts

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Obtained by ABC News(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman detained in March for trespassing at Mar-a-Lago — President Donald Trump’s Florida country club — was found guilty of lying to federal agents and for entering a restricted area.

Zhang, who represented herself after declining the court’s offer of a public defender, appeared to show no emotion upon receiving the verdict. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On March 30, she was mistakenly allowed in by Mar-a-Lago staff. In addition to the purported trespassing, prosecutors alleged that she lied to Secret Service officers as she was let through the checkpoints. She was only discovered when a receptionist realized her name was not on the access list for the club.

“She was then being questioned and surrounded by more agents. She had a blank face, total control. She was answering their questions [in English],” Ariela Grumaz, a receptionist at Mar-a-Lago, testified on Tuesday.

Zhang’s trial was initially delayed after a bizarre pretrial hearing in August.

During the hearing Zhang, at times, appeared to not hear the judge, refused to answer some questions verbally, claimed she was feeling “sick” and “dizzy,” and generally didn’t cooperate with the proceedings.

“I’m not available today,” she said.

U.S. Judge Roy Altman of Florida’s Southern District accused Zhang of “playing games” with the court.

Zhang moved between speaking English and Mandarin in the courtroom this week.

She was born in 1986, and told a Florida court in April that she works for a Chinese company called Shanghai Zhirong Assets Managements Corporation. She also owns a home in China worth approximately $1.3 million and drives a BMW.

When Zhang was detained, investigators said they found several electronic devices on her and in her room at a local hotel, purportedly including a device to detect hidden cameras. Early on, prosecutors suggested Zhang was being investigated for potential links to espionage, but no further charges have been brought. Before they were initially dismissed, public defenders for Zhang argued the whole thing was a misunderstanding and said she had not made “direct misrepresentations” to federal agents as alleged.

The government argued that she clearly did something wrong by going onto the property in the first place, then by lying to federal agents.

After about half a day of testimony from government witnesses, Zhang announced on Tuesday that she would like the counsel of a public defender.

In her closing statement, she reiterated that she did not believe she’d done anything wrong.

“Good afternoon. This is my first time so I am nervous,” she said. “As you’ve seen, on the beginning what’s happening. I would said I made contract to see President and Ivanka. I do think the fact that I did nothing wrong. I did not lie, I do think I went into Mar-a-Lago to have a visit. Thank you for your attention.”

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Trump administration wants to ban flavored e-cigarette products

tupungato/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump, with the first lady at his side, announced on Wednesday that his administration is moving to ban flavored e-cigarette products after a sixth person recently died from a vaping-related lung illness.

“We are looking at vaping strongly, it’s very dangerous, children have died and people have died,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We’re going to have some very strong rules and regulations.”

The president said kids are coming home from school and saying, “Mom, I want to vape.”

Trump was meeting Wednesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administrator Ned Sharpless who joined him and the first lady in the Oval Office, to discuss the proposed regulation, which they said might not be finalized for several weeks.

The FDA said the move would mean “clearing the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.”

Earlier this week, Melania Trump tweeted about vaping, saying she is “deeply concerned about the growing epidemic.”

“That’s how the first lady got involved,” Trump said. “She’s got a son … together, that’s beautiful young man and she feels very strongly about it.”

The FDA is in charge of regulating e-cigarettes, which have recently gained in popularity. The CDC has advised against people using e-cigarettes, also known as vaping pens. Azar said that the FDA plans to finalize a guidance document to start enforcing flavors other than tobacco to be removed from the market, as children are particularly attracted to those flavors.

“Vaping is becoming a big business as I understand it, like a giant business in a short period of time. We can’t allow people to get sick and we can’t have our youth be so effected,” Trump said.

“A lot of people think vaping is wonderful and it is great. It is not wonderful. That’s one thing I think we can say, definitely.”

It’s unclear how much teeth this announcement would actually have. The FDA has issued warnings already about using flavors to target young people and companies have said they made changes to address the FDA’s concerns.

The proposed FDA move drew sharp criticism from the head of the American Vaping Association, a a non-profit that advocates for sensible regulation of vaping products but is not a trade organization or industry spokesperson.

“We are deeply disappointed in the President’s decision to take direction from anti-vaping activists like Mike Bloomberg by attempting to ban the sale of nearly every vaping product on the market. A ban will remove life-changing options from the market that have been used by several million American adults to quit smoking,” said Gregory Conley, the AVA president.

“In the history of the United States, prohibition has never worked. It didn’t work with alcohol. It hasn’t worked with marijuana. It won’t work with e-cigarettes. The President should meet with just one of the millions of American voters who have used flavors to quit smoking before moving forward on this draconian approach to regulation and public policy,” he said.

“Destroying thousands of small businesses and sending ex-smokers back to smoking will do nothing to stop drug dealers from selling contaminated THC cartridges. A flavor ban will only lead to the creation of yet another multi-billion-dollar black market that will operate with zero safety controls,” he said.

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California woman hospitalized after using face cream with high levels of mercury

ados/iStock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A California woman was hospitalized after using a skin cream that was tainted with mercury and is now in a semi-comatose state.

The Sacramento County Department of Health announced in a release on Tuesday that a woman obtained the topical product “through an informal network that imported the cream from Mexico.”

“Sacramento County Public Health urges the community to immediately stop using similar skin creams imported from Mexico due to the risk of contamination with methylmercury,” Dr. Olivia Kasirye, public health officer with the county’s department of health, said in a statement. “Methylmercury is extremely dangerous to adults and children.”

The cream in question, according to Sacramento health officials, is “used by consumers as a skin lightener and to remove spots and wrinkles.”

The 47-year-old Latina woman who was exposed to the cream — which was labeled as a Pond’s product, but had been tainted with mercury — presented with numbness and slurred speech that progressed to thrashing and non-responsiveness, which required that she be restrained to her bed, Dr. Lauren Kelly, who works for the ABC News medical unit explained.

“The mercury was not added by the Pond’s manufacturer, but by a third party after purchase,” the health department said.

The cream she used was believed to be the cause of her symptoms after the California Department of Public Health laboratory analyzed it and found that it contained methylmercury iodide at 12,000 parts per million. It is illegal to sell skin cream products in the USA with 1 ppm or more of mercury.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, told ABC News that these levels of toxicity would develop “not immediately, but pretty quickly.”

While signs and symptoms vary person to person, Wecht added that in this patient’s case “It depends if she was using it every day and how long she was keeping it on.”

Sacramento County Public Health said this is the first reported case of methylmercury poisoning of this type linked to a skin cream in the U.S., though multiple cases of mercury poisoning due to tainted skin-lightening creams purchased through informal networks and originating in Mexico have been described and detailed by the California Department of Public Health.

Mercury exposure can occur by including swallowing it, inhaling vapors and absorbing it from the skin; but the most common cause of toxic mercury exposure is by eating mercury-contaminated fish.

“With facial cream, exposure occurs by absorption after application to the skin, inhalation of the vapor and hand-to-mouth behavior leading to ingestion,” Kelly explained. “The effects of an exposure depend on many factors including the form of mercury (i.e. organic or inorganic), the amount, the length of time exposed, the mechanism of the exposure and the age and health condition of the exposed person.”

In terms of reversibility, Wecht said that depends on “how long the damage had been going on and how quickly it was recognized.”

“From [a] neurological standpoint, it’s hard to comment on reversibility of her symptoms,” he said. “Effects of intoxication have a psychological component as well as a neurologic component. I have seen cases that have resulted in death.”

The California Department of Public Health issued a health alert that outlines the full list of signs and symptoms, as well as the prolonged exposure and effects.

Ponds and Unilever, its parent company, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Actor and former ‘GMA’ contributor Cameron Mathison reveals kidney cancer diagnosis

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Actor, host and ABC’S Good Morning America contributor Cameron Mathison revealed on the show Wednesday that doctors have found a 4.2 centimeter mass on his right kidney.

In a new interview with GMA, Mathison spoke about how the tumor could have been growing for 10 years or more inside his kidney. He also told fans via Instagram. “The mass is consistent with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer.”

When he got the news, Cameron said he thought he was in a dream, and tried to wake up.

“I called my wife,” he said of the first thing he did after getting his diagnosis. “First thing out of her mouth, which is amazing to me is, ‘We got this, we’re going to beat it.'”

The scan results came after years of abdominal pain and doctor visits trying to figure out what was wrong. He now urges everyone to take control of their health.

“I don’t drink, eat incredibly healthy, I eat a very low sugar, low carbohydrate diet typically,” he explained. “Things that likely, in our best guess, have helped keep [the mass] from spreading, and growing even quicker.”

Mathison is set to have surgery Thursday to remove the mass or, possibly, the entire kidney.

After the interview, Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that when it comes to cases like Mathison’s, “Always trust your body.”

While insurance and costs might make it hard for a doctor to send you for an MRI or another test right away, no one knows your body better than you.

“The key is making the diagnosis as early as possible,” she added.

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Ovations for ‘Judy’ may mean Renee Zellweger will be following the Yellow Brick Road to the Oscars

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Photo credit: David Hindley Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions(TORONTO) — Starring in the biopic Judy, which is essentially a movie about a comeback, has become a comeback vehicle for Renee Zellweger.

In the film, the Jerry Maguire star plays Judy Garland, decades after she stole America’s heart as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

The film earned a marathon standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it it screened Tuesday evening.  Some attendees said they’d never before seen such a reaction.

“In 15 years at #TIFF I have never seen a standing ovation like the one for Renee Zellweger at JUDY,” one critic captioned her video. “I started this about a minute into [the ovation] and it only stopped because she made us.”

In the clip, you can see the humbled actress fight back tears, then tell the audience to stop applauding so she doesn’t mess up her makeup.

The reaction has many pundits thinking she’s a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination.

The film follows Garland as she prepares for a sold-out run of concerts in London in 1968. Her voice isn’t what it once was, and she’s battling an addiction to pills, but she powers through the shows to provide for her children, Joey Luft, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli.

She even manages to find love again with her soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, played by Unbroken‘s Finn Wittrock. But sadly, Garland passed away a year later, in June of 1969.

Judy hits theaters on Sept. 27.

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A timeline of the NFL’s Antonio Brown saga, from promising rookie to unrelenting controversy

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Nine years ago, as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened training camp for the 2010 season, head coach Mike Tomlin assessed the future of sixth-round pick Antonio Brown and Brown’s fellow rookie receivers.

“The pedigree stands out,” Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They show maturity in terms of catching the football and gaining separation … but they still got miles to go. They’re rookies. But I like what they’re doing.”

Now, nine years later, Brown has separated himself from his rookie class — and the rest of the NFL — by fashioning the most prolific six-year stretch for a receiver in NFL history, topping 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons.

But Brown’s on-field accomplishments have been accompanied by off-field drama so unrelenting that it’s had some fans checking their newsfeeds on an hourly basis.

Here’s a timeline of recent events surrounding the All-Pro wideout:

JAN. 15, 2017: In the Steelers’ locker room after the team’s 18-16 playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown secretly streams the team’s post-game celebration on Facebook Live, including Tomlin’s post-game remarks about the Steelers’ next opponent, the New England Patriots. Brown is fined for his violation of the NFL’s social media policy.

OCT. 9, 2018: Brown faces a pair of lawsuits for an April incident in which he allegedly damaged his leased South Florida apartment and threw items off his balcony that nearly struck a 2-year-old boy.

NOV. 8, 2018: Brown is ticketed for driving more than 100 mph on a suburban Pittsburgh road with a speed limit of 45 mph, after police pull over his black Porsche sports car at 10 in the morning.

DEC. 16, 2018: At a team practice in the week leading up to the Steelers’ regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brown gets into dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, according to multiple media reports. Brown then skips the week’s remaining practices, leading the team to deactivate him for that Sunday’s game.

FEB. 12, 2019: In a Twitter post, Brown thanks Steelers fans for the last nine years but says that it’s “time to move on,” spurring the team to investigate trading the elite receiver, who still has three years left on his contract.

MARCH 10, 2019: The Steelers trade Brown to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. Later reports suggest the Patriots may have offered as much as a first-round pick for the discontented wideout, but that the Steelers didn’t want to trade him to such a close rival.

JULY 26, 2019: After signing a restructured contract that includes $30 million in guaranteed money, Brown arrives at Raiders’ training camp in a hot-air balloon — but the 10th-year receiver can’t practice due to a frostbite injury to his feet caused by a mishap during a recent cryotherapy session.

JULY 30, 2019: Brown practices with the Raiders but leaves the field early when he isn’t allowed to wear his helmet of choice because the 10-year-old model is no longer certified safe by league. After petitioning the league for permission to use the helmet, Brown returns to practice two weeks later but leaves practice the following week after the league rules against him.

SEPT. 4, 2019: Brown posts to Instagram a letter from Raiders general manager Mike Mayock levying $54,000 in fines for Brown’s absences from training camp. “When your own team want to hate … everyone got to pay this year,” Brown says in the post. Later in the day he gets into a confrontation with Mayock on the Raiders’ practice field before teammates pull him away from the GM, according to several media reports.

SEPT. 6, 2019:
Brown offers an emotional apology to his Raiders teammates at a team meeting, prompting coach Jon Gruden to say the team is “really excited” to have Brown on board and that they’re “ready to move on” together. Then, later in the day, Brown posts a video to YouTube that includes portions of a private phone conversation Brown recorded between him and Gruden.

SEPT. 7, 2019: The Raiders fine Brown $215,000 for conduct detrimental to the team, thereby voiding Brown’s $30 million in guaranteed money. Brown then takes to Instagram to ask for his release, saying, “You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you,” and, “I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.” Just hours later, the Raiders release him.

SEPT. 8, 2019: The day after being let go by the Raiders, Brown agrees to a 1-year deal with the New England Patriots worth up to $15 million with a $9 million signing bonus. The news comes on the same day that reports surface suggesting that Brown may have sought advice from social media consultants on how to speed up his release from the Raiders.

SEPT. 10, 2019: Brown is accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman who had worked as his personal trainer on three occasions between 2017 and 2018. Patriots officials say the league has opened an investigation into the accusations.

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