Antonio Brown countersues Britney Taylor

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Every defendant who is ever sued has an urge to respond by suing the plaintiff in return. Most defendants realize, with the advice of prudent and thoughtful counsel, that this isn’t a good idea.

Antonio Brown is not one of those defendants.

Brown has countersued Britney Taylor for defamation and interference with his NFL opportunities and endorsements, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. It is, in my opinion based on 18 years of practicing law (but thankfully 10 years removed from doing so), a very bad idea.

Brown should simply defend the allegations on the merits. Fighting back aggressively against someone who won’t have the resources to compensate him for lost NFL opportunities and endorsements will make him look vindictive and mean. Which could make it harder to persuade a jury that he didn’t do the things that Taylor has accused him of doing.

It comes off, quite simply, as a bullying tactic. It forces the plaintiff to worry about an adverse verdict, pressuring her to settle the case for peanuts or to walk away.

Here’s the other problem with a defamation case: Because the damages are determined by assessing the injury to Brown’s pre-existing reputation, everything about his pre-existing reputation becomes fair game. Which gives her lawyers licence to delve into anything and everything that would tend to make Brown look bad.

Bottom line, it’s a very bad idea. But it’s not too late to fix it. Brown can instruct his lawyers to abandon the countersuit and to focus solely on defending against the lawsuit.

It would arguably be the smartest thing he’s done all year. Of course, given the year he’s had, that’s a low bar.

62 responses to “Antonio Brown countersues Britney Taylor

  1. What is clear is that Mrs Taylor had a close relationship with Brown. What is clear also, is that she had financial needs to invest in a gymn.
    The timing of her lawsuit is quite curious: she got married some 48 hours before, and Brown had just signed with the Patriots.
    Sound marital planning.

  2. Normally I would agree with you. However, it doesn’t seem that legal charges are going to be filed, so being aggressive in countersuing in civil court is a smart move. First of all, it’s not bullying to assert every right one has to defend himself, and it does out pressure on the accuser in a financial sense, as lawyers aren’t cheap and mentally, as her conduct and financial history gets aired out publicly as well. Secondly, his image is already damaged so badly, settling would make him both look guilty and make people mad he wasn’t tried criminally. Better to be aggressive: Michael Jackson’s reputation was far more damaged by the one civil case he settled than the criminal case he was acquitted in.

  3. Brown is a bad person, but there are some grounds to question these women’s motivations. Not trying to victim blame, but I think the money grab angle may have some cred, if you’re being objective.

  4. I don’t agree at all with this Mr. Florio! he has every right to suit and we don’t know the facts so she is trying to use Brown as a ATM machine as all the evidence suggests then he should very well sue her and she should pay the price!

  5. Every defendant who is ever sued has an urge to respond by suing the plaintiff in return. Most defendants realize, with the advice of prudent and thoughtful counsel, that this isn’t a good idea.

    Antonio Brown is not one of those defendants.

    *******

    +1
    Maybe the best intro I’ve ever read on this site. Kudos Mr Florio.

  6. Best article you have written. Very well thought out. Great points.

    That being said, it’s clear that Antonio Brown is a stupid head.

  7. If the case by Britney Taylor is false, then yes he should sue her for torturous interference in his ability to earn a living. She cost him upwards of 30 million dollars. He should just “defend that case”? I’m sorry, but while Brown might be 5 cans short of a six pack, why should she get to skate free and clear if she attacked his ability to earn a living using the legal system for blackmail?

  8. I would love to hear his testimony. If his social media comments are any indication, he will need to bring an interpreter so everyone else in the courtroom can understand him.

  9. “Which gives her lawyers licence to delve into anything and everything that would tend to make Brown look bad.”
    —————————————————————————————
    With what money?

    Unless her lawyers stroooooongly believe in her case this might just be enough to get them to abandon the effort altogether.

    That thing about the gym investment really doesn’t sound good.

  10. The assumption is that AB is guilty of the accusations. If the allegations are false then why wouldn’t he sue for the damage that has been done to him? What bothers me is that she never made a report to the police.

  11. I wonder if it is Drew Rosenhaus’s idea to counter-sue…

    I agree lawyers and agents are needed because people like to take advantage of others but some are so scummy that it gives a bad name to everyone else.

  12. Defamation of character…BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….. how can his character be defamed??

  13. I’m sure NFL teams are lining up for the opportunity to have this train wreck in their locker room.

  14. Taylor was seen in various photos (long AFTER she claims the alleged assaults took place), with Brown. They were mugging for the camera and having a grand old time. I can’t stand AB but this sure reeks of a money grab by Taylor…

  15. What he did or did not do aside, pressuring a settlement is exactly what he is trying to do, because if it settles and there is a confidentiality agreement put in place, the league will probably have to let him play.

  16. Florio took the gloves off for this story….

    Most defendants realize, with the advice of prudent and thoughtful counsel, that this isn’t a good idea.

    Antonio Brown is not one of those defendants.

    It would arguably be the smartest thing he’s done all year. Of course, given the year he’s had, that’s a low bar.

    I think he hit the nail on the head. I seriously doubt AB wants everything he’s ever done and said on social media to be brought up. It would probably take a month of testimony just for that. Talk about self-incriminating. He has zero chance of winning this lawsuit.

    Better watch it Florio. AB will probably threaten you on social media once he has someone read this to him. I think your comments about his judgment is completely accurate.

  17. Difficult to imagine a scenario where the plaintiff would settle in response to these tactics now, but he probably isn’t hurting himself anymore than he is already going to. All she has to do is wait for trial, and then watch AB piss off the judge or jury. He’ll show up late to court (or not at all), probably in a hot air balloon, struggle to remain silent during trial, have 100+ excuses about why every single episode is someone else’s fault, and then insult everyone over social media during the trial. For his defense, his agent will testify that he doesn’t mean it. That’s it.

    Can’t imagine that ending well…

  18. “It forces the plaintiff to worry about an adverse verdict, pressuring her to settle the case for peanuts or to walk away”

    Well that would kind of be the point now would it not?

  19. At least AB’s lawyers will be happy as the pocket the rest of his money, just can’t see AB’s lawyers willing to let him be cross examined by Britney’s lawyers and he will have to take the stand in civil court there is not out.

    The fact AB hasn’t paid her off with a few million must mean he doesn’t have that type of money, surprise, because it is simple math pay her off make $15 million minus the few millions to her or simply he is one of the stupidest people in the world. Guess Drew will drop him the minute the money runs out.

  20. It’s akin to Devin Nunes, who once co-sponsored a bill entitled the “Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act”, suing a fake cow on Twitter for $250 million.

  21. Attorney “Mr Brown I don’t think we should do this”
    Mr Browne ” I have a reputation of serious stupidity to defend. We must move forward”

  22. >make him look vindictive and mean.

    I mean….if he’s telling the truth, and nothing happened, then he has every right to sue. Are you just supposed to let people ruin your life & career without repercussion?

  23. miabuttreeks says:
    November 20, 2019 at 10:10 pm
    I like it. These false sexual assault accusations against athletes need to stop. Time to step up and start fighting back.
    ________________________________________________
    I guess you think AB is a person of high moral character?

  24. This can go two ways from the way I see it. It can cause her to drop the suit or settle quickly, or it can be like poking a bear and she comes after him with all guns a blazing.

  25. aarons444 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    A true Patriot..

    Way to maintain the standard of excellence

    —————-

    Pretty juvenile. Your often excellent posts are devolving into standard patriot hater fodder.

  26. “whatjusthapped says:
    If Brown were truly interested in suing for defamation, he would sue himself and use his social media history as evidence.”

    Comment of the week on PFT. Thanks.

  27. The problem with a counterclaim for defamation is that it could open the door for evidence of a Brown’s past that might not otherwise be admissible. And we should be honest here, there is a lot in his past that he would not want jury to hear. Very risky procedure.

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