Antonio Brown Accused Of Rape

Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a woman who worked as his trainer.

Jim Rome
September 11, 2019 - 9:35 am
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New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by a woman who worked as his trainer. In a federal lawsuit filed yesterday in the Southern District of Florida, Britney Taylor alleges three separate incidents of sexual assault.

Taylor and Brown knew each other at Central Michigan where Taylor was a gymnast before she transferred to LSU. In 2016, Taylor opened a gymnastics training center and according to the suit, Brown sent Taylor a Facebook message in 2017 to ask about her training him, specifically to improve flexibility and strength in his ankles.

The details of the allegations are graphic and disturbing, so I will read the following from the New York Times report:

According to the suit, Brown sexually assaulted Taylor twice during training sessions in June 2017. First, he exposed himself and kissed her without permission, the lawsuit says. Later that month, the lawsuit says, while they were streaming religious programming on a tablet at his South Florida home, Brown started masturbating behind Taylor and ejaculated on her back.

The lawsuit states that Taylor told her mother and Brown’s personal chef about the second incident and as part of the lawsuit filing, there are emails from Antonio Brown to Taylor that reference the incident.

According to the lawsuit, Taylor stopped working for Brown at that point, but in February 2018, he contacted her to start working together again. She ignored him. A few weeks later, he reached out again, asking her if she hated him and stating “I apologize first off with so much going on around me and my actions.”

According to the suit, Brown assured her that “he would cease any sexual advances.”

The lawsuit maintains that on May 20, 2018, Brown invited Taylor and others to go to a club in Miami. At the conclusion of the night, Taylor drove Brown and another individual back to Brown’s house. The lawsuit says that Taylor needed to use the bathroom before driving back to her hotel, but Brown grabbed her and then pulled her into his bedroom.

At some point, Taylor began to walk out of the room and Brown allegedly “cornered” her, forced her onto the bed, pushed her face into the mattress and “forcibly” raped her. The lawsuit states that Taylor “screamed and cried” and repeatedly yelled “no” and “stop.”

According to the suit, “Devastated and disoriented, she ran into his foyer and collapsed on the ground. No one came to her rescue or to help her in any way. She was completely alone. Eventually she summoned the strength to pick herself off the floor, make it to the door, get into her car and drive—dazed and emotionally shattered—to her hotel. She was so exhausted that she fell asleep at a stoplight on the drive back.”

The next day, Taylor went to Brown’s to retrieve personal belongings and according to the suit, Brown said “You made me feel like a real rapist.”

In a statement, Taylor said “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.”

Brown’s attorney released a statement last night that claims the two had a consensual personal relationship and “any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual.” Furthermore, the statement claims that the lawsuit is a “money grab.” Brown’s attorney also tweeted:

Antonio Brown will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including exercising all of his rights in countersuits.

That is a brief summary of the lawsuit and the charges. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions or make determinations based off the suit and Brown’s response.

Taylor has expressed a willingness to meet with the NFL as part of an investigation and according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL will “give serious consideration” to putting Brown on the Commissioner-Exempt list while they conduct an investigation.

And I know what a bunch of you are probably thinking, so I’ll just cut this off at the pass right now - if your reaction to this is to be remotely worried about the Patriots or your fantasy team, shut it down and just go home. Don’t call or email or tweet the show. You’re not welcome.  

If you have something insightful or constructive to add, I’m open to that. But if you’ve got jokes, keep moving.