Judge allows Antonio Brown accuser to seek documents from Buccaneers, Patriots, Raiders

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Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown continues to face a civil claim of sexual assault and rape. As that case moves toward a trial set for December 2021, the lawyers representing the lawyers representing the plaintiff are looking for evidence to support the claims.

As part of the broad and important “discovery” process that unfolds in every civil case, the lawyers representing Britney Taylor have issued proposed subpoenas to Brown’s various NFL teams for information regarding his employment. The subpoenas target “correspondence, memoranda, communications, agreements, messages or other written documentation” in the possession, custody, or control of the Buccaneers, Steelers, Patriots, Raiders, and NFL Properties regarding Brown. Via Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, the presiding judge recently ruled that the subpoenas may be served against the league, the Bucs, the Patriots, and the Raiders. As to the Steelers, the judge concluded that the request is “overbroad and beyond the scope of relevant discovery.”

The ruling came in response to an objection from Brown’s lawyers. The individual teams and the league will have separate rights to oppose the requests. From a P.R. perspective, however, any effort to obstruct the investigation being conducted within the confines of the pending litigation against Brown could invite criticism.

It’s unclear whether Taylor’s lawyers are looking for documents that would shed light on Brown’s potential liability or his earnings or something else potentially relevant to the claims. The standard for permissible discovery is very broad; any request reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence is fair game.

Regardless of any documents obtained from the league or the Bucs, Patriots, or Raiders, the bulk of the discovery information will come during the deposition testimony of Brown. If he conducts himself like he did in multiple depositions in the lawsuit arising from alleged damage to a luxury apartment in Miami, the case filed by Taylor will not go well for Brown.

9 responses to “Judge allows Antonio Brown accuser to seek documents from Buccaneers, Patriots, Raiders

  1. Weird how Goodell blocked Brown to play for NE but then allowed Brady access to the player, but only on TB.

    Hmmmm.

  2. weird that this article focuses on AB and his alleged actions and not the lawyer(s) bringing the complaint. I guess BUZBEE isn’t involved so he must be guilty. …eye roll…

  3. It’s difficult to understand how documents or texts or e-mails from Brown’s three post-Pittsburgh teams will support the accuser’s claims of rape and sexual assault. Is she looking for a written admission of guilt? His salaries from the three teams are a matter of public record, so what she can ask for–and get–in the way of financial compensation is easy to arrive at. This sounds like a fishing expedition–common in civil litigation–that will end with an empty creel.

  4. >> He owes the Raiders an apology

    Maybe he owes it to them, but I don’t think it would be worth much even if it came from him. I think the Raiders are happy having cut ties without having to owe him much financially. He was a distraction but at least they didn’t invest more than they did. The Patriots got a lot of bad PR and ended up owing him a bunch a money to boot. Tom Brady may have let Brown stay at his house and be an advocate for him now, but I can’t see myself doing the same (at least not now). Too many more deserving people out there.

  5. The Pats and AB settled for $5 million. So he got that and a one game paycheck for $158k.

    Not a bad payday for one game with 4 receptions and 56 yards.

    The aggravation, nuisance, and embarrassment was more expensive to the team.

  6. He owes the Raiders a season, 2 draft picks and any money he was paid by them. He screwed the Raiders over worse than anybody to screw the Raiders over in recent history and cost them the season. I hope it cost him at least 15 million dollars out of his pocket. Guy shouldn’t be allowed to play in the league at this point

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