Pittsburgh prosecutor will “look into” allegations against Antonio Brown

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Last hour, agent Drew Rosenhaus emphasized on ESPN that the allegations against Patriots receiver Antonio Brown are civil, not criminal, in nature. That could change.

Via Andy Sheehan of KDKA-TV, Allegheny County prosecutor Stephen Zappala said Wednesday that his office will “look into” the sexual assault allegations made against Brown.

Zappala’s office would have jurisdiction over only one of the three specific incidents detailed in the civil complaint. Britney Taylor alleges that, in early June 2017 while she was in the bathroom of his Pittsburgh residence, “Brown walked in with his penis exposed” and then “grabbed and kissed her without her consent.”

The more serious allegations relate to conduct that allegedly happened in Florida. It’s unknown whether prosecutors there will look into the situation.

The existence of a criminal investigation could complicate the NFL’s procedures, since the league typically does not investigate such claims against a player until the official process has concluded. However, the league could still place Brown on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

56 responses to “Pittsburgh prosecutor will “look into” allegations against Antonio Brown

  1. I’d say this is pretty good timing for him with an election coming up, but I’m pretty sure he’s running unopposed. Allegheny County has a one-party system.

  2. First, I am sick of AB and I have no respect for him and his antics…. but if a person is sexually assaulted and then continues to work for the same person after a second sexual assault, I am baffled that she would continue to work for him, especially putting herself in a place where they were alone… just doesn’t sound believable to me. That said, I’m not a fan of AB in any way sha[er or form.

  3. Of course she would be willing to forgive some grievances… She’s a young aspiring trainer. What better way to build rep for yourself than to work with a high profile professional athlete… It’s not hard to figure out why she tried to move on. The forcible assault was the final straw.

  4. The fact that she maintained a relationship with AB doesn’t mean he didn’t do the things she claims happened. However, that she did, plus the timing of the allegations, should afford AB some benefit of the doubt in terms of when the league decides to act.

    As a Steelers fan, nothing would make me happier than to see AB forced to miss a significant chunk of football, and booted from the Patriots. However, all things considered, the league shouldn’t make any decisions about AB until they have conducted an investigation.

  5. A criminal investigation into all the allegations would be good. What he is being accused of are serious crimes. It will put the whole situation under the microscope it should be under.

  6. When in heck is the NFL going to rid themselves of this constant embarrassment and ban this player. Enough is way enough! AB needs to be gone! His constant actions make a mockery of the entire league. Basically, professional football is demonstrating that a person can act and say and do what they want and still remain employed for millions a year. Wake the heck up Mr Goodell!

  7. Once a steeler,
    always a steeler.

    Remember when the FBI had to send the Cleveland office
    to pittsburgh to investigate the steelers because the pittsburgh office couldn’t be trusted.

    Good luck looking into it.

  8. Next stop if not jail, XFL where any publicity is good and the Brown Expierence will be welcomed and rewarded yet again!

  9. kneedragr says:
    September 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    Its crazy, Brown burned the Raiders on draft picks, now he is going to burn the Pats going on the exempt list and getting paid to be suspended!

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    Belichick is paying him not to be on any of his playoff opponents. Having him on the Pats would be a nice extra but if that is not to be the team is obviously still fine without him. So exempt list would still be a win for Belichick.

  10. Belichick will not like this. Great win, great performance and all of a sudden his time will have to be, in some part dealing with this mess. I bet he is furious. Brown and his people have not been honest. Did the Raiders know about this. Was this part of the deal. No fighting for money if you keep stum. Interesting.

  11. So, this was one of the first “offenses” and in his home in PGH. What’s the crime and if it affected her so much, why did she keep treating him? Why didn’t she treat him at the team facility?

  12. Why didn’t this D.A. look into this matter when he was on the Steelers payroll. What did the Steelers know and when did they know it . A.B. needs a lawyer does anybody in Pittsburgh who can help him out with this type of problem.

  13. And I assume he is moving from Tom’s guest house to the Four Seasons. Either that or Tom will be staying there too.

  14. This is false. This was supposedly in regard to not this case but child endangerment and the DA said there is no investigation and they would not be opening one.

  15. If the league puts AB on “pay leave” does that mean the Patriots will have to pay AB but without him playing in any of their games?

  16. Now that a DA is getting involved watch her case dissolve before our eyes. Is anyone curious why someone who was assaulted and then violently raped would only file civil, and not criminal, charges?

  17. so the DA did nothing when it occurred while playing for Pittsburgh but know wants to look into it”?

  18. So if she is willing to cooperate with the NFL then no reason not too cooperate with this DA too. Go talk to her, give her everything you gave the NFL. She can use all the same evidence and materials. The only thing different will be that she will have to swear to it under oath. But no biggie right?

  19. straighcashhomey says:
    September 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    so the DA did nothing when it occurred while playing for Pittsburgh but know wants to look into it”?
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    Correct.

  20. Antonio Brown: The gift that keeps on giving.

    We’ve seen a number of high-profile cases where a woman kept working for a man who had harassed or raped them after the event. Not an indication it didn’t happen.

  21. Sorry but the fact she is not filing criminal charges and goes straight for a civil case shows that she is afraid of filing a false police report. Makes it look more like a money grab than anything else. The fact that she has Brown all over her social media to promote her business is not helping her validity either. Wonder how this is going to play out.

  22. That AB is not a good, or psychologically well, human being seems apparent. That doesn’t necessarily equate to his accuser being any better. I think he should already have been suspended for his prior antics and if guilty of the current accusations he should be punished to the fullest extent possible. In light of the circumstances that’s a pretty big IF, this all needs to play out before I am ready to join any lynch mobs

  23. “It’s interesting that the Pittsburgh authorities did not look into Brown while he was a Steelers for events alleged to have taken place while he was playing for them.”

    Well since it was just reported 48 hours ago. It’s hard to look into something that you don’t know exists. I know that’s alot to really consider, but it makes it kinda impossible to do….

  24. “Who wants to wager that he will NOT be playing this week?”

    He’ll play. The commish will make sure of it.

  25. texans44 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Guess no one is laughing at Chuckie now.

    3 0 Rate This

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    a 3rd and a 5th and time wasted..oh yes we do

  26. pjbergeron81 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    Sorry but the fact she is not filing criminal charges and goes straight for a civil case shows that she is afraid of filing a false police report. Makes it look more like a money grab than anything else. The fact that she has Brown all over her social media to promote her business is not helping her validity either. Wonder how this is going to play out.
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    And with the other videos that are out now, it really does not help her case

  27. Problem with today’s society. So many money grab, false claims have been made that now every time somebody comes out late they will be doubted.

    Truth is the most serious of the assaults appears to be the latest.

    The old standby comes into play here. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. He should have his day in court and she should as well. This guy is trouble and shame on the Pats for signing him. The league should have let him sit for a year or so with no money. Maybe he wioukd change this nonsense around. You know when he realizes all he can do is play football.

  28. @tylawspick6 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 9:06 pm
    texans44 says:

    September 11, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Guess no one is laughing at Chuckie now.
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    a 3rd and a 5th and time wasted..oh yes we do
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    We often don’t get to laugh at the Pats, unless they lose the SB to Philly or employ gangbanger-murder or the owner who pays for happy endings. However, when the dust settles on this one we will laugh at BB too.

  29. birds of a feather says:
    September 11, 2019 at 10:24 pm
    Problem with today’s society. So many money grab, false claims have been made that now every time somebody comes out late they will be doubted.

    Truth is the most serious of the assaults appears to be the latest.

    The old standby comes into play here. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. He should have his day in court and she should as well. This guy is trouble and shame on the Pats for signing him. The league should have let him sit for a year or so with no money. Maybe he wioukd change this nonsense around. You know when he realizes all he can do is play football.

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    She is welcome to her day in court. All she has to do is swear out a complaint. That actually gets both of them their day in court.

  30. tomfrontera8393 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    When in heck is the NFL going to rid themselves of this constant embarrassment and ban this player. Enough is way enough! AB needs to be gone! His constant actions make a mockery of the entire league. Basically, professional football is demonstrating that a person can act and say and do what they want and still remain employed for millions a year. Wake the heck up Mr Goodell!

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    Have you ever noticed how there is always somebody Playing the ‘embarrassment’ role? AB is only the latest.

  31. texans44 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Guess no one is laughing at Chuckie now.
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    Why not? All the other reasons are still there.

  32. californianewton says:
    September 11, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    If the league puts AB on “pay leave” does that mean the Patriots will have to pay AB but without him playing in any of their games?

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    What else would it mean?

  33. texans44 says:
    September 11, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Guess no one is laughing at Chuckie now.

    I am. He pushed for a trade of a 3rd round and 5th round pick to get Brown. Then Brown got his desired outcome of an outright release, when all they had to do was suspend him for game one, voiding his signing bonus, and then look to trade him.

    -Pittsburgh gets OAK 3rd/5th
    -NE gets Antonio Brown
    -Antonio Brown gets 15 mil with an option for 20 mil next season
    -Oakland gets nothing.

    He still looks stupid for all of that.

  34. As a Pats fan… Having AB on the field with Brady would be awesome , at this point the Pats need to cut this guy… it was a huge mistake signing him. I hate we have to deal with ABs baggage.

    What has me fascinated is what she is after… why didn’t she pursue criminal charges in 2017???

    Lets just say for a second, the civil case is a money grab, I mean it would make sense. If this DA pursues criminal charges, and finds out, this is a money grab. Her civil case gets blown up… will she cooperate with a criminal investigation??? what if she doesn’t. I mean the burden of guilt is far less in civil court. Worse , what if he is found not guilty in the criminal court… he could still lose in civil court… but it would be bad for her case.

    stay tuned…

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