Antonio Brown has been the biggest story in NFL for a few weeks now. His switch from Oakland Raiders to New England Patriots earned him a lot of critics. A lawsuit has now been filed against him by a woman who has previously worked with him as a trainer.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, accuses Brown of assaulting Britney Taylor on three occasions, twice in June 2017 and a third in May 2018. It claimed that Brown “preyed on the kindness” of the woman.
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, said in a statement that the Patriots man “denies each and every allegation.”
“Antonio Brown learned today that he has been named in a lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida,” a part of the statement read.
“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
According to a statement provided by her attorney, Ms. Taylor mustered enough strength to open up about the assault only with great difficulty.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” the statement read. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
These are the emails Antonio Brown allegedly sent to his accuser in the rape court. pic.twitter.com/hGHEbiY8F6
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According to Guardian, a spokesperson for the Patriots issued a statement saying “(The team is ) 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,” the statement continued. “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 rose as one of the most prolific players during his time at Pittsburg Steelers including seven appearances in the Pro Bowl in his eight year stay. He moved to Oakland Raiders in 2019, and after a controversial stay, moved to New England Patriots without playing a game for the Patriots. It will be interesting to see how the 31-year old’s career pans out with the Patriots after the civil case.
"What we have just witnessed is the most unprofessional act that I can ever remember seeing in professional sports …"
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