Newly signed New England Patriots player Antonio Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault by his former personal trainer in a federal lawsuit filed in Florida, a claim the athlete denied in a statement issued by his lawyer.
In a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida late on Tuesday, the trainer, Britney Taylor, said Brown raped her at his Miami home in May 2018. That incident followed one in June 2017, when he forcibly kissed and sexually assaulted her at his Pittsburgh-area home.
“Brown preyed on Ms. Taylor’s kindness and her religious devotion, casting himself as a person equally dedicated to his religious faith and someone she could trust,” the 15-page complaint said.
Brown, 31, who is about to start his 10th National Football League season after orchestrating a last-minute move to the Patriots from the Pittsburgh Steelers, denied all of the accusations through his lawyer, claiming the two had consensual sex.
“He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations,” Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Heitner said Brown had spurned a request by Taylor to invest $1.6 million in a project shortly after he became the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver in 2017. Taylor also continued to post pictures of Brown on her social media accounts “to financially benefit from his celebrity,” the statement said.
The complaint depicts a scenario in which Brown became increasingly abusive in a professional relationship that he and Taylor forged years after having met at a Christian athletes’ group at Central Michigan University.
Taylor, 28, a gymnast who had opened a training center in her hometown of Memphis, agreed to Brown’s request to provide physical training services in June 2017, the complaint said.
While staying at one of Brown’s Pittsburgh-area homes that month because she had not yet booked a hotel room, Brown walked in on her with his penis exposed while she was dressing, and forcibly kissed her without her consent, it said.
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Later in June, as the two watched a church service on her iPad at Brown’s home in Miami, he ejaculated on her back before she realized what had happened, and sent her a text message about it, the complaint said.
She ended their business relationship after that, but resumed working for him in April 2018 after he apologized. Brown raped her at his Miami home the following month, when she entered the residence to use the bathroom after driving his friends there from a night out, the complaint said.
It was last week when Brown was dismissed by the Oakland Raiders after using an anti-white slur against the team’s general manager.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown used an anti-white racial slur against his general manager and he will not be punished.
Brown and general manager Mike Mayock got into an altercation when he called Mayock a “cracker,” Fox News reported.
A Raiders source told ESPN that Brown called Mayock a “cracker” and used a slew of “cuss words” toward the general manager. Pro Football Talk also reported the word “cracker” was used.
“[Mayock] was like, ‘I’m cool, I understand your displeasure,’” the source said. “[Mayock] sort of just like … just walked away because he saw it escalate.”
ESPN later reported that Brown issued “an emotional apology” at a team meeting Friday.
Tensions between Brown and Mayock reportedly came to a head after Brown shared his apparent displeasure with Mayock for sending him a letter about the possible fines the wide receiver faces for missing a practice and a walkthrough.
Brown shared the letter Mayock sent him and wrote on his Instagram Stories: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”
Brown apologized with the team captains standing near him at a team meeting after the incident and all appears to be forgiven, SF Gate reported.
“Antonio Brown just issued ‘an emotional apology’ at a team meeting this morning, just now, ‘with team captains standing with him,’” Josina Anderson reported.
Source: #Raiders WR Antonio Brown just issued “an emotional apology” at a team meeting this morning, just now, “with team captains standing with him.”
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 6, 2019
“After a screaming match, Brown told Mayock that he would hit him in the face and then punted the ball… and said, Fine me for that,” NFL reporter Ian Rappaport said.
More on #Raiders WR Antonio Brown and Mike Mayock yesterday: It did not get physical, sources say. But after a screaming match, Brown told Mayock that he would hit him in the face and then punted the ball… and said, Fine me for that. 💸💸💸
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2019
“We’re ready to move on,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “He’s obviously had a lot of time to think about things.”
“I’m excited to be out here today,” Brown told reporters as he got set to practice, wanting to have the entire issue behind him.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, organization. I’m excited to be out here with my teammates. I’m grateful for all my fans and I’m excited to be apart of the Raiders and see you guys soon,” he said.
It is nice that Brown, the general manager, the head coach and the team want to forget about the incident and play football.
But would that have been the case if the white general manager called Brown a racial slur or would he be looking for a new job?
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