Antonio Brown, who was recently acquired by the New England Patriots, has been accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. The claim comes from Brown’s former trainer and college friend, Britney Taylor, who accuses him of three different cases of sexual assault between 2017 and 2018.
Brown’s lawyer, a man by the name of Darren Heitner, released a statement Tuesday in response to the charges stating that the relationship between Taylor and Brown was a “consensual personal relationship. Any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual.”
Heitner also tweeted an official response to the claims that can be seen below.
Heitner stated that he has had no contact with the league so far about this issue. Also, there has been no word from the Patriots on if they knew about this before signing him, or if it will affect his status on Sunday against the Dolphins.
Browns lawyer stated that Brown will be filing countersuit against Taylor for “civil extortion” and “will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including all of his rights in countersuit.”
“Mr. Brown, whose hard work and dedication to his craft has allowed him to rise to the top of his profession, refuses to be the victim of what he believes to be a money grab,” said Heitner
Taylor released a statement saying, “As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
This obviously is not a great start to Brown’s Patriots tenure, as he did not officially make it through a day without a major issue. All we can do in situations like this is wait for the facts and wait for the legal process to play out before we pass any further judgement. If he is guilty of these charges, there is not one Patriots fan or football fan who would not want to see him cut and out of the league for good immediately. Unfortunately until we have any further information, we can only wait to see what the next steps are from the legal system, the NFL, the Patriots and Brown’s camp in the upcoming weeks.
Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press