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The Antonio Brown situation just went from annoying to very serious

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September 11, 2019 - 4:41 pm

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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Antonio Brown has become one of the most controversial and annoying players in the National Football League.

Now, Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting a former female trainer. It is very important for sports fans to separate the two situations. Just because Brown is annoying and controversial does not mean he is not “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” He deserves to have his day in court.

His accuser

Britney Taylor – we are using her name because it was revealed in the lawsuit and in a statement by her attorney – was employed by Antonio Brown as a trainer. The two had known each since their college days at Central Michigan University.

Taylor accuses Brown of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. She states in the lawsuit that Brown assaulted her twice while they were working on his flexibility in the Pittsburgh area. Taylor says she immediately cutoff all ties with the football player at that time.

The trainer says that Brown then apologized for his actions and asked her to come back to work with him. Taylor agreed to work with Brown again and travelled to Miami to continue their training in May of 2018. Taylor states that Brown sexually assaulted her again in the bedroom of his home.

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”

Taylor has also stated that she will cooperate with the NFL and “other agencies” on the situation.

Brown’s response

Brown has denied the accusations. Darren Heitner - an attorney for Brown – has told the Associated Press that the football player plans to countersue.

“He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations,” Heitner said in a statement.

According to Heitner, Brown and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship.”

The New York Times first reported about the lawsuit.

The Patriots reaction

This all comes on the heels of Brown being release by Raiders and being signed by the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. It is not the “new start” Brown was looking for after the disaster in the East Bay.

“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” the Patriots said in a statement. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”

 Brown’s practiced today with the Pats

The wide receiver did practice with his new team on Wednesday. His new head coach – Bill Belichick – refused to answer any questions about the situation with Brown.

Brown’s immediate future really is in the hands of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brown could be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List while the league conducts investigations into possible violations of its personal conduct policy. Being placed on the Exempt List would prevent him from playing until any and all investigations were complete.

What now?

Coach Bill Belichick summed it up best, “We’re prepping for one day at a time.”


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