Antonio Brown has been accused of rape charges by his former trainer and a civil lawsuit has been filed in the Florida federal court. As per the suit, Britney Taylor who’s also s gymnast has accused Brown of raping her and on three different occasions in 2017 and 2018. The news broke out just one day after New England Patriots signed the All-Pro wide receiver in their team.
While the issues Brown created in Oakland Raiders were not that severe, the sexual assault charges can end his entire NFL career. The Patriots have refused to comment on anything until investigations are going on. But what does it means for Brown’s career? There are rumors that Brown can be fired from the Patriots or he can put on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Lawsuit Allegations and Antonio Brown’s Response
Britney Taylor in the lawsuit has accused Brown of several wrongdoings sued him for the compensation of the same. She claims that Brown overpowered her and raped her on May 20, 2018. The list includes compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”
While Antonio Brown has been advised not to say anything to the media on the matter, his lawyer has released a statement on his behalf. It says that Mr. Brown has denied every accusation and claim the two has consensual sex. The allegations are nothing but a way to extort money out of Brown and they will cooperate with the NFL investigation to clear his name.
What will NFL do with Brown?
The whole investigation will take time and it will be months before the court declares the verdict. For the time being, the Patriots have to make a decision whether to play with Antonio in the next Patriots vs Dolphins game or not. Bill Belichick, the coach of New England Patriots has refused to say anything on Brown.
Antonio Brown is making the trip to Miami #Patriots
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 14, 2019
At this point, NFL will not place Antonio Brown on commissioner exempt list, as there is no criminal investigation, making him eligible to play Sunday vs. Miami, per sources. NFL has opened its investigation, which will include interviews with Antonio Brown and his accuser.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2019
Josh Gordon refers to “the great Antonio Brown” when asked about the newest Patriot. He also notes he is “by far” in the best shape since he’s been here, and is excited to see how that might pay off around the midpoint of the season. pic.twitter.com/u6SRkhEGO5
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 13, 2019
Although he confirmed that Brown will practice with that team on Friday and Saturday. The Patriots will most probably let Brown play as currently there is nothing wrong legally which creates a problem. Brown should be concerned about the future as even though a civil case charges won’t result in an NFL ban, the Patriots can fire him to protect their brand image in case he’s found guilty.