The latest information is suggesting that the New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown has been accused of a sexual assault. It is a shocking turn of development, which once again brings back the wide receiver in the middle of attention. Likewise, with his saga in the Raiders, the publicity is not positive at all.
His former personal trainer, and a colleague from the college, Britney Taylor, filed a civil lawsuit claiming that one of the best WRs in the league assaulted her in three separate incidents during 2017 and 2018.
Back in 2017, the first alleged incident took place in Pittsburgh when the nude player kissed Taylor without her consent. One month later, Brown was masturbating near the accuser, and ejaculated on her back, without her either expecting or knowing that.
Then finally in May 2018, after having a night out in Miami, Taylor got back to Brown’s home late, wanting to use the bathroom and eat something, when the player allegedly used force to rape her.
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 11, 2019
The accuser now wants $75,000 of compensation, as she believed that the relationship between her and the Pats’ player was “brother-sister” type. Because of that, after all the incidents, she had suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.
Player’s lawyers and himself issued a statement denying all the allegations, and revealing some interesting facts. Brown claims that once he refused to give $1.6 million to Taylor for her business venture, all the problems started. Also, they are claiming that all the sexual activities between the two were “consensual.” According to this side of the story, Taylor only wants to benefit from Brown now as in the past.
“Mr. Brown’s accuser has continually posted photographs of Mr. Brown on her social networks in an effort to financially benefit from his celebrity,” stated in players response to all the allegations.
Taylor and Brown met at Central Michigan, where they both studied. After years of not being in touch, they got in touch in 2017, when AB hired her as an assistant for his physical shape.
This is truly a shocking turn of development. In the moments when everything in the player’s career finally started sorting out, this lawsuit can be very bad for AB. He could be even placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. Such a scenario would be a huge blow for the Pats who traded WR Demaryius Thomas to Jets after clinching a deal with the former Pittsburgh Steelers’ and Oakland Raiders’ guy. Following this development, New England instantly released a written statement, saying that the team didn’t know anything about this. The statement also added that they are an organization in which there is no room for such behavior.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2019
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
It is now up to Bill Belichick to decide what to do with Brown, who could be unavailable for a while if Roger Goodell places his on the commissioner’s exempt list. It would last until the end of the investigation, which might last for quite some time. For sure, this is something new for the Pats who didn’t have such situations before.
Brown is arguably the best wide receiver in the league, but he might interrupt the chemistry in NE’s locker room. And now, when he could also miss a large part of the season, trading Thomas to Jets might be a massive mistake.
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