NFL to investigate Antonio Brown sexual assault and rape lawsuit

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The Patriots have issued a statement regarding the sexual assault and rape lawsuit filed against receiver Antonio Brown. And the statement says plenty about the NFL’s response to the situation.

“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. “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.”

While the league has not responded to a request for comment from PFT, the team’s statement makes it clear that the NFL will exercise its prerogative to explore the matter. Because no criminal investigation is pending, the league need not wait to investigate. Because the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Britney Taylor, has expressed a willingness to cooperate with the NFL, the league should face no obstacles, given its inability to subpoena non-employees of the league or its teams.

Depending on the information obtained, Brown could be placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list while the investigation proceeds. He also could be disciplined by the league even in the absence of an arrest or conviction.

The statement also implies that the Patriots will be taking no action while the investigation proceeds. In 1996, the Patriots rescinded their rights to fifth-round draft pick Christian Peter based on a string of arrests while in college at Nebraska. Given that Brown has denied the allegations made against him, it’s impossible at this point to know whether he has any actual responsibility. If the league finds that Brown engaging in misconduct, the Patriots could choose to part ways with Brown.

96 responses to “NFL to investigate Antonio Brown sexual assault and rape lawsuit

  1. The league needs to do the right thing here and at the very least suspend and fine Brown. His actions over the last year have been detrimental to the Steelers and the Raiders, not to mention the NFL in general.

  2. Bill Belichick calculates his next move like an actuarial decides whether to issue a recall for a defective auto part. Will he help us win? Will there be any penalties for tampering? Yes – No. We’re all good. Thats what Bill calls “doing his job”.

  3. The NFL Guide to Investigations:

    1.) Place on Commissioner exempt list
    2.) Conduct investigation
    3.) Deal out whatever punishment you want (or lack thereof) regardless of precedent or the findings of the federal courts

  4. Not sure what they are going to do, But the Patriots have got to be wondering if signing AB was such a good idea

  5. AB is a clown and a selfish prick, but this lawsuit has all the trappings of a extortion attempt, right down to the sleazy storefront lawyer. And those messages? Sure sounds a lot more like him calling her out on her BS than “terrorizing” her, unless it was his grammar terrorizing her. The NFL should definitely wait on acting and let things play out because this one does not pass the smell test.

  6. remember the pats fans screaming for tyreek hills head and for the chiefs to cut him right away? i wonder if they feel the same about AB

  7. The Patriots have already lost with Brown. They now have to issue public statements about not condoning sexual assault. Which had to be the furthest thing from their minds just yesterday.

    Considering the slimy stunt this whole Brown thing has been, I’d say it couldn’t happen to a nicer franchise.

  8. Watch for D. Thomas to suddenly lose his mind and hire a company to help him embarrass himself so he can get released and go back to Bellycheat. Patriot Way. Next man up.

  9. We can’t just get go pro, get paid and run amuck.
    There are consequences and I am glad that this behaviour will be soon removed from the field.
    Though clearly not mentally stable, he is hugely undeserved of his position in life.
    As with Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots have been played and for Brown it is the 2-minute warning.

  10. Not how they were hoping to spend the first weeks of season number 100 I imagine. Will this be an investigation or “how do we get this out of the news?!?!?”?

  11. “If the league finds that Brown engaging in misconduct, the Patriots could choose to part ways with Brown.”

    antonio better talk to kraft’s lawyers.

    My guess is that the patriots have the exit door light warmed up.

    gruden’s “good luck with that” response has now a sick, twisted, & forewarned meaning. Maybe he really is Chucky.

  12. If there is any evidence of guilt – out of the league forever!

    But what if there is no evidence of guilt? In fact, what if the evidence indicates that the accuser is lying? What should be the penalty to the accuser on these all too often extortion attempts? Its rarely a criminal charge to punish the offender. Almost always the requested remedy is ‘give me millions of dollars.’

  13. I’m puzzled why the alleged victim did not come forward earlier, particularly when Brown was exhibiting bizarre behavior during his time in Oakland. She states she felt humiliated and that’s understandable. Still, after reading the details of the first incident between them how does one accept, or even entertain the notion of an apology for the transgression Brown is accused of? It’s a mess for the NFL to muddle through and decipher. Hopefully, the truth will be brought to light and the judgment (and punishment) will be just. In Brown’s case, that would include a lifetime ban from the league.

  14. His actions the last few months make me wonder if this accusation is true. Although maybe the accuser is counting on that. This could go either way. If true, it’s just another sign this man needs mental health care. If false then it’s another case of someone trying to ruin a famous person’s life for money.

  15. If I know anything about this fanbase, they are pretty ecstatic for another opportunity to throw on the tinfoil hats and blame everyone else.

  16. I’d be saying this even if Brown was a Raider or Steeler – if he “assaulted” her twice in 2017 then why did she carry on working with him AND then have a relationship? I’d be prepared to accept the plausibility of it ending badly in a 2018 rape, but it seemed to continue in some form. So why wait til now, the day after he signs for $9M guaranteed, to lodge a claim? And IF it’s true she chased him for business investment money last year, I’d throw her claim out.

  17. The Unathletic says:
    September 11, 2019 at 5:58 am
    If I know anything about this fanbase, they are pretty ecstatic for another opportunity to throw on the tinfoil hats and blame everyone else.

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    ridiculous

  18. Just a reminder to the Patriots’ haters. This accusation was unknown at the time of signing AB, and go back to 2017 and 2018, so keep your ‘classless organization’ parades in check.

    Also, let’s keep down the pitchforks and let the proceeding and investigations go their course. We cannot do any victim blaming (even as the timing and some information make the claim a little bit suspicious) as we cannot give a guilty verdict to AB (even as his latest behavior seems to make the claim not surprising)

  19. streetyson says:

    I’d be saying this even if Brown was a Raider or Steeler – if he “assaulted” her twice in 2017 then why did she carry on working with him AND then have a relationship?

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    This is not a comment on AB’s guilt or innocence nor the truthfulness of the accuser. Sometimes sexual abuse goes on for years or even decades. At times victims think it is their fault for putting themselves in a bad situation. Or are intimidated by the accusor. I do not believe we should not judge either party in the court of public opinion.

  20. Read the text messages sent by AB to his accuser.

    It is absolutely impossible to feel any sympathy for him, nor doubt his accuser, after doing so.

  21. The texts, although written in complete gibberish, are pretty damning when you sift through them. At the least he’s admitting to one count of sexual assault. If these are his texts he’s done.

  22. Patriot fans do seem to think it is about Getting the Patriots. I disagree. Whatever the merits of the civil suit. This lawsuit release was likely planned for Monday, September 9th before the Monday night Oakland – Denver game. AB’s debut. With AB going to New England her lawyers released the lawsuit the 1st day day AB was to practice. Most likely AB goes on the suspension list until NFL investigates. Patriots don’t need AB and from reading the lawsuit accusations. The woman did have legit contact with AB. As for the long time between filing. If you read the story the woman Taylor confided to someone at her church who is involved in prosecuting sex crimes. This person likely encouraged her to file a civil suit.

  23. If the league finds that Brown engaging in misconduct, the Patriots could choose to part ways with Brown.

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    Who are you kidding, BB doesn’t care about anything that happens off the field as long as a player has talent. All we’ve heard the last 72 hours is that the Patriots locker room is strong enough to handle Brown.

  24. New England should walks away from AB. They don’t know him. They can’t vouch for him. His antics have put himself into this position. New England does not need AB and AB travels with waay too much baggage. You can’t tell me AB had no knowledge whatsoever this woman might file this civil suit.

  25. I love the people that come out of the woodwork to blast the Patriots and accuse them of turning a blind eye? The NFL has screwed the Patriots along with TB12 over time and again for what other franchises received either no action or a small fine. If your going to attack a franchise or an athlete have the intelligence to actually read the actual evidence before making ignorant comments.

  26. I would like to have seen the expressions on Gruden’s and Belichick’s faces when they went to sleep last night.

  27. The Patriots will cut ties with Brown as soon as possible. There is too much drama around Brown and this is the last thing Belichick wants distracting focus on this season.

    Goodell should place Brown on the exempt list immediately while these allegations are investigated. Brown can not be counted on the Patriots active list while the league investigates.

    It should be noted that Britney Taylor has taken a polygraph that was conducted by one of the nations leading examiners. It was confirmed that her account of the allegations against Brown were completely truthful.

    Some here will take Brown’s side and accuse Ms. Taylor of just trying to get money. From what I have seen and heard Ms. Taylor is 100% credible.

  28. I’ll never understand why any team would take a chance on Brown. There is something mentally wrong with him. But the Patriots always want to be the team to rehabilitate these problem players (Gordon, Brown, Moss, etc). The Patriots have made their bed, now sleep in it.

  29. streetyson says:
    September 11, 2019 at 6:08 am
    I’d be saying this even if Brown was a Raider or Steeler – if he “assaulted” her twice in 2017 then why did she carry on working with him AND then have a relationship? I’d be prepared to accept the plausibility of it ending badly in a 2018 rape, but it seemed to continue in some form. So why wait til now, the day after he signs for $9M guaranteed, to lodge a claim? And IF it’s true she chased him for business investment money last year, I’d throw her claim out.

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    I get what you’re saying here, dude. But, here’s the thing….Brown has been rich for a long time. This woman didn’t read the paper yesterday and see that Brown just made $9M (which lets face it, isn’t a lot of money in the NFL world). No, Brown was obviously abusive towards her (if the released emails are real) and treated her horribly, whether he assaulted her or not. He completely dehumanized and humiliated her with those emails (assuming they are real.) What better way to get back at him than drop this bomb now that everything in his life is falling in to place, DESPITE the fact that he is acting like a complete POS? Also, I believe the lawsuit is only for $75k. No, money isn’t the motivation here….making AB feel as bad as he made her feel seems to be the motivation. Hell hath no fury…….

    Karma and Father Time have a way of catching up with us all.

  30. There was a tweet out there that mentions AB was being accused by his former trainer from 2am EST on Saturday before Brown was even released by the Raiders. Is it possible they knew this was coming before they released him?

  31. “And IF it’s true she chased him for business investment money last year, I’d throw her claim out”

    That has nothing to do with a sexual assault claim. Both things can be true. I understand there is going to be some people that may think this is a money grab, and i get that. However, if there is a lack of evidence (other than two really scary, confusing text messages), going to civil court, where the bar to give a guilty verdict isn’t as high as a criminal trial, may be her best option to get some type of justice for what happened.

  32. bullcharger says:
    September 11, 2019 at 7:35 am
    There was a tweet out there that mentions AB was being accused by his former trainer from 2am EST on Saturday before Brown was even released by the Raiders. Is it possible they knew this was coming before they released him?

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    possible, however they had a thousand other reasons

  33. It’s interesting that she’s going straight for the civil suit and there’s no criminal case at all happening. The burden of proof in a civil trial is much lower than that of a criminal trial.

  34. Whether or not he actually raped her those released emails prove what kind of person he is. He’s simply a bad person. No values. And if the Patriots have any values at all they need to be done with him immediately. But again, they signed him in the first place with PLENTY of evidence of what kind of person he is. This is just another nail in the coffin.

  35. So I hope to see all the Pats fans calling for him to be cut just like they did Tyreek. Also how bad their team is before finding out the truth. Blasted the Kansas City Chiefs Organization for weeks about how we are a disgrace. Know that the shoes on the other foot wear it.

  36. It should be noted that Britney Taylor has taken a polygraph that was conducted by one of the nations leading examiners. It was confirmed that her account of the allegations against Brown were completely truthful.
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    I’m a lawyer. First of all the polygraph was taken by her paid examiner. I can cherry pick anybody to get me through a polygraph, which is inadmissible and carries little or no weight.

  37. Why is this a civil case and not a criminal one?
    If Brown (or anyone else) assaults, harms or rapes a woman, they belong in prison. End of story.

    I’m not victim blaming here, but if she’s willing to sue him for money, then she needs to file a criminal police report and testify under penalty of perjury.

    To be clear, I don’t care if Brown plays for the Pats or if he ever plays another snap of football ever again anywhere… But if this isn’t just an attempt at a money grab, then Brown should be looking at prison time and not just what amounts to a fine.

  38. If anybody deserved a suspension for misbehavior, it’s Anthony Brown. He just created a blueprint on how to get out of a contract, and the NFL should create a blueprint on how to deal with that blueprint.

  39. 1uniquemonique says:
    September 11, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I’ll never understand why any team would take a chance on Brown. There is something mentally wrong with him. But the Patriots always want to be the team to rehabilitate these problem players (Gordon, Brown, Moss, etc). The Patriots have made their bed, now sleep in it.
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    Not much downside for NE to sign this guy. It’s not like they traded picks for him. If things go south, the Pats can easily show him the door with no further repercussions.

  40. Only time will tell if this is true or not. But, as many of us said, welcome to distraction land, Patriots! You signed him, now deal with it.

  41. I am sure any investigation will be fair and impartial and not aimed at getting a particular result. That’s the way the NFL always runs things.

  42. This is a civil suit and there is no criminal complaint. If the NFL suspends Brown, it will be a signal to every woman who has a bad break up with an NFL player to sue him (not press charges). No matter how much you hate Brown (who is clearly a nitwit, but maybe a nitwit at worst), the NFL should let a civil case for damages carry out. If it doesn’t, Brown might be the one suing the NFL.

  43. eagleswin says:
    September 11, 2019 at 6:36 am
    If the league finds that Brown engaging in misconduct, the Patriots could choose to part ways with Brown.

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    Who are you kidding, BB doesn’t care about anything that happens off the field as long as a player has talent. All we’ve heard the last 72 hours is that the Patriots locker room is strong enough to handle Brown.

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    Kraft and BB cut Hernandez as soon as he was implicated. KC gave Tyreek Hill a new contract. I think you have your teams mixed up.

  44. In the Official Illustrated Dictionary: Under “Addition by Subtraction” there is going to be a picture of the Steelers and Antonio Brown.

  45. Should read “NFL to investigate Antonio Brown” then list all the things the NFL should be investigating. His whole off-season was a system play. This new accusation should only solidify a investigation need.

  46. ktoast says:
    September 11, 2019 at 8:01 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 11, 2019 at 7:35 am
    There was a tweet out there that mentions AB was being accused by his former trainer from 2am EST on Saturday before Brown was even released by the Raiders. Is it possible they knew this was coming before they released him?

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    possible, however they had a thousand other reasons

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    Yes… no question about that, not to mention he was asking to be released. So not saying that was the reason the Raiders released him necessarily.

    I was thinking more about who knew about this incident in advance.

    It may have been a surprise to the Patriots that there was a lawsuit (as has been reported) and possibly Brown too. However, given there were leaked DMs related to this incident in the twitterverse before Brown was released by the Raiders or signed by the Patriots I find it hard to believe that Brown and Rosenhaus didn’t at least disclose something to the Patriots in advance or that the Patriots didn’t find out on their own by at minimum searching twitter.

  47. 1uniquemonique says:
    September 11, 2019 at 7:07 am
    I’ll never understand why any team would take a chance on Brown. There is something mentally wrong with him. But the Patriots always want to be the team to rehabilitate these problem players (Gordon, Brown, Moss, etc). The Patriots have made their bed, now sleep in it.
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    They haven’t even tucked in the sheets on this bed man.

    And honestly, you never understand why billionaires take chances on troubled but talented players in professional sports…..like you really don’t? How long have you watched sports?

  48. Well it didn’t last long before something else comes out about AB.
    Hope he gets suspended, that might shut his big mouth.

  49. The NFL didn’t implement any consequences for Kraft’s sexual misconduct, so why would they do anything different for Brown. Oh yeah, Kraft is an owner and Brown is a league pain in the arz!!!

  50. steelcurtainn says:
    September 11, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Win or lose. I’m glad he’s not a Steelers. New England should be ashamed of picking this guy up but that’s the kind of team they are.

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    Yeah… your team should get at least SOME credit for looking the other way for about 8 years or so. Just pillars of the league community.

  51. what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty, my son in law spent 19 yrs. in prison for something he didn’t do, a friend of ours spent 38 yrs. in prison for something he didn’t do

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