District Attorney to Look into Antonio Brown Sexual Assault Allegations

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown works out during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. Brown to practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Wednesday his office will investigate the sexual assault allegations made against New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to Andy Sheehan of KDKA-TV. 

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, "Zappala's office would have jurisdiction over only one of the three specific incidents detailed in the civil complaint. Britney Taylor alleges that, in early June 2017 while she was in the bathroom of his Pittsburgh residence, 'Brown walked in with his penis exposed' and then 'grabbed and kissed her without her consent.'"

Taylor said in the suit Brown also "started masturbating behind her and ejaculated on her back" while she was watching television in his Miami home later in June 2017, according to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times.

Brown allegedly later bragged about that incident in emails to Taylor, per the lawsuit (NSFW language):

Taylor, who was Brown's trainer, said she then ended their professional relationship, but Brown apologized months later and said he wouldn't make any additional sexual advances.

She said she agreed to work with him again, but in May 2018 at his Miami home Brown "forced her onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and 'forcibly' raped her. She tried to resist him, screaming and repeatedly shouting 'no' and 'stop,' the lawsuit says, but Brown refused and penetrated her," per Shigpel.

It's unclear whether prosecutors in Florida will look into the sexual assaults which occurred in Miami, per Florio. 

Both Brown's legal team and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have denied the allegations:

The NFL, meanwhile, is considering putting Brown on the commissioner's exempt list as it gathers information:

As for the Patriots, Brown practiced with the team on Wednesday:

It remains unclear if Brown will play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, or for the Patriots at all in the future. Head coach Bill Belichick briefly spoke on Brown, though he didn't offer any update on his future status.

"We are taking it very seriously all the way through the organization," he said during a press conference Wednesday. "I'm sure there are questions but there's not going to be any discussion about that today. ... We're working on Miami."

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