The Antonio Brown drama is in the verge of taking a dark and troubling turn. Mere days after signing with the New England Patriots, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver is in trouble off the field.
According to Ben Shpigel of The New York Times, a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday claims that Brown “sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer.”
The report notes three different allegations against Brown spanning 12 months in 2017 and 2018.
The lawsuit claims that Brown assaulted Taylor twice during training sessions in June of 2017. Though, there’s more troubling information involved in the detailed report. Taylor outline why she filed suit.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said in a statement released by her lawyer. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
For his part, Brown’s camp denies the allegations wholeheartedly. “Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” the receiver’s lawyer, Darren Heitner said in a statement.
The lawsuit claims that Brown bragged about the incidents in text messages, which were included in documents as the suit was brought to court on Tuesday.
There’s obviously going to be a lot more to this story. For now, these are allegations in a lawsuit.
Brown was released over the weekend by the Oakland Raiders after a drama-filled short tenure with the organization. It remains to be seen what these allegations mean for his future in New England.