Antonio Brown’s accuser meets with NFL on Monday

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The NFL didn’t do much last week to investigate the sexual assault and rape allegations against Patriots receiver Antonio Brown. On Monday, the league will do plenty.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that NFL investigators will meet with Britney Taylor on Monday. Last Tuesday, she sued Brown in Florida civil court, claiming that Brown had engaged in three incidents of misconduct that, if true, violate the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

The league office floated last week to the Washington Post the notion that Commissioner Roger Goodell would seriously consider his power to place Brown on paid leave pending the completion of the investigative and disciplinary process. Without at least talking to the accuser, however, it becomes difficult if not impossible to reach a conclusion as to whether paid leave is justified, even under the very relaxed standard that allows placement on the Commissioner-Exempt list if the Commissioner believes that the player simply “may have violated” the policy.

Another person could be interviewed this week. Rapoport reports that the “known football player” (as that term is used in the lawsuit) who was with Taylor and Brown on the night of the alleged rape is currently a rookie in the NFL, which allows the league to compel him to cooperate in any NFL-initiated investigation. (Brown’s cousin, Marquise, currently is a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens; neither the lawsuit nor Rapoport mention him as the unnamed other player.)

Brown is clear to play on Sunday, and he has traveled with the team to Miami for the Week Two game against the Dolphins. As soon as Week Three, however, there’s a chance he will be getting paid, but not playing.

52 responses to “Antonio Brown’s accuser meets with NFL on Monday

  1. Thats cool, until they get an idea what this is (currently only an unsworn accusation) they should not take any action. But they should find out how valid it is as soon as possible. In the NFL’s defense it was the accuser that wanted to push it out to this week. I can understand not wanting to deal with it the week of her wedding (does make filing that week an odd choice by the same argument) and actually am surprised she would want to deal with it the Monday right after. Most people are gone for a bit right after a wedding. But whatever. AB should play until they can confirm or get a reasonable probability on this.

  2. What are the chances that Brown’s cousin will provide damning evidence/testimony against AB? This is Cris Carter 101…..except AB doesn’t need a fall guy, he needs a family member to cover for him!!

  3. Very disturbing that teams will sign and play, people like Antonio Brown, solely because they give the team a better shot at winning.
    Brown has known issues regarding trashing a landlords condo, using racial words and verbally threatening his old GM, and now an accuser is coming forward which will prove he assaulted her.
    Yet Belichik is playing him because he knows Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are ready to take over the league. Goodell is should suspend Brown and Bob Kraft immediatly for the season

  4. Could be his first and last game in a Pats uni depending on how the meeting goes. But if she’s depending on his cousin as a witness I don’t see this going anywhere more than a few game suspension if that. Too many other holes emerging in her story.

    Brown can’t come out of this looking much worse than he already does though.

  5. Why couldn’t they have done it sooner, did they have to wait for a lower plane faire? Now he is going to help them beat the Dolphins, oh wait a minute, I forgot the Dolphins aren’t trying to win this year so it doesn’t matter….

  6. Might as well play Brown for at least 1 game before Goodell suspends him since the Patriots paid him that signing bonus.

  7. I’m against the idea of the Commissioner’s Exempt list. This punishes the team as the player still gets paid, affecting the cap, but can’t play. Does anyone know if a roster spot is freed up if a player is put on the exempt list?

  8. They had all week to meet and they do it after the game come on this is more pats bs this team is the most despicable team in all of sports and that’s the truth.i know I hate you cuz I ain’t you is what you will all say to deal with the fact that everyone knows your team is the dirtiest team in sports.

  9. One of the problematic and ironic consequences of the “Me Too” and “Believe Her” movements is that these social justice initiatives, while noble and necessary considering our past, give comfort and aid to charlatans. Scan artists will be believed too, at least initially. I’m not saying that Britney Taylor is a money-grabber or what she says happened to her didn’t happen. But her civil lawsuit is cellophane-thin. And what she didn’t do is striking: No police report even though she would “be believed”; no trip to the ER for a rape kit and a doctor’s report; no confiding in friends (she says she told her mother) in the immediate aftermath. She has her word (against his) and some profane and ugly text messages from Brown taken out of context. Bottom line: Unless she has more evidence that she will present to Goodell Monday, this case goes away fast. Goodell should not punish Brown and the Patriots based solely on a largely unsupported accusation.

  10. O’Dell Beckham accused Gregg Williams of a felony — intentionally instigated others to do physical harm. Based on that accusation, Beckham should be interviewed on Monday and Williams should be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list. He’s got a history, after all.

  11. The timing of this lawsuit tells me 2 things..She lives just outside of Titans country and hates the pats and does not want them to get even stronger – She waited this long to file this and even was with him several times after the initial alleged attack – Brown also has a new girlfriend so jealousy may also be playing a role….This just sounds fishy from the get go -I’m thinking AB is innocent of these charges..his history of being a diva doesn’t help him though – we will see

  12. FoozieGrooler says:
    September 15, 2019 at 9:15 am
    He’ll be gone by Thursday, unless Kraft and Goodell can come to some sort of *cough* agreement
    —————————————-

    No doubt. I’m sure the same people who got the massage parlor video tossed are now working on behalf of AB

  13. It would be of great pleasure shutting him down for cause. What he did in Oakland was the beginning of THE END. Get this over and back to Football, save the Court dockets for Tru TV

  14. Must be nice to just be able to accuse someone of something & get all this kind of support with absolutely no proof….. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  15. rutledge3197 says:
    September 15, 2019 at 9:18 am
    I hope he is found guilty- these clowns don’t think they live in the real world…… a few years behind bars would be a fantastic lesson

    He is not facing criminal charges, so jail time is not even a consideration.

  16. “They had all week to meet and they do it after the game come on this is more pats bs”

    Amazing.

    They couldn’t meet last week because she was getting ready for her wedding this weekend. Don’t let that get in the way of your delusions though.

  17. The fact that he is NOT facing criminal charges and that this is only a CIVIL lawsuit CLEARLY tells me that its about suing him for money and not the alleged crime itself…a blind man can see that something is not right here…anyone who gets raped would have filed a criminal charge long ago if it was about justice and not money – makes no sense at all

  18. Paid leave? Yeah, the players made out with that deal in the CBA. NE is on the hook for 10mil but won’t be able to play him. If this goes bad for brown, expect NE to sue to recoup some of that money. I am sure there was clause in his contract for this type of thing.

  19. The drama! The drama! Can MR. Kraft Antonio Brown, and the worlds oldest starting QB lead the Patriots to the title of being the nations most watched Reality TV show.

  20. I am all for empowering women, for believing women when they come forward. This case has an odd twist….She went back twice after the first incident. Why? Disclaimer: Not an Antonio Brown or Steelers or Patriots fan.

    I am just bothered by the circumstance and wonder if this isn’t a money grab? Also wondering if she shows up tomorrow. Today is the day AB should consider cutting the check to save what’s left of his career.

  21. PURE STUPIDITY for the NFL to put itself in the position of an investigator and prosecutor.

    Let the Judicial System with its hundreds of years of checks and balances look into it.

  22. Allegation<fact. Presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty. If he did the crime he pays, literally. If not he pays anyways with a ruined reputation as an alleged rapist. Brown had "lost" this case the moment it became public.

  23. So for everyone who wants him to never be a to do his job again, what’s the bar for everyone else who is accused of something? If a chef gets accused of rape should they ever be allowed to be a chef again? Great he is kicked out of the league, cant work and now the public can pay his bills when he is in warfare, seems like a sweet tradeoff

  24. “So for everyone who wants him to never be a to do his job again, what’s the bar for everyone else who is accused of something?”

    The only reason they are saying this is because it’s the Patriots. It’s fake outrage. That much is obvious.

  25. “EightRings says:
    September 15, 2019 at 9:27 am

    O’Dell Beckham accused Gregg Williams of a felony — intentionally instigated others to do physical harm. Based on that accusation, Beckham should be interviewed on Monday and Williams should be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list. He’s got a history, after all.

    Good point. And don’t forget Gregg Williams would be a repeat offender. He was the Saints’ defensive coordinator during “Bountygate” when there was audio of him telling Saints players to hurt specific players on another team.

    In 2012, Goodell suspended Williams “indefinitely.” Technically Williams’ indefinite suspension was the longest suspension in Bountygate; Payton was suspended for 1-year. Although Goodell did reinstate Williams the following year.

    There would be a whole lot of Browns players who would have to be interviewed also.

  26. She is lying her butt off. If this were real assaults, she would have pressed charges first. All the incidents are well within the statute of limitations. She could easily file charges but she hasn’t because she would be guilty of filing a false report if she did. This is a outright money grab.

  27. At this rate we will see people filing fake civil lawsuits against the starting QB in the Super Bowl to try to get him on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.

  28. BTW, all of you who want AB banned for life. In 2012, QB Ben Roethlisberger, who everyone says will be first ballot hall-of-famer, settled a civil suit filed by a woman who accused him of raping her in a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino.

    Another woman in a different incident in Georgia accused Ben of sexual assault.

  29. If she gives an interview Brown surely is due to give his side of the story also which I get it he already has. But you can’t just discount his version either as I’m sure the union will also agree needs to be heard.

  30. jrterrier5 says:
    September 15, 2019 at 11:51 am
    BTW, all of you who want AB banned for life. In 2012, QB Ben Roethlisberger, who everyone says will be first ballot hall-of-famer, settled a civil suit filed by a woman who accused him of raping her in a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino.

    Another woman in a different incident in Georgia accused Ben of sexual assault.

    You forgot to mention the Roethlisberger was suspended (without pay) in 2010 as a result of the incident in 2010, even though no charges were ever filed. The suspension was 6 games, later reduced to 4 games (without pay). Lots of calls back then for Roethlisberger to be kicked out of the league. Not like Brown is the first…

  31. NFL did nothing when he did 100+ MPH, did nothing when he settled the lawsuit for tossing furniture off a balcony. This accusation is more serious, but unlikely to result in any action. Belechick said “they looked in to it” and still signed him so probably nothing there.

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