In a lawsuit filed against Brown on Tuesday, Britney Taylor said the receiver sexually assaulted her on three occasions. Taylor worked with Brown as a trainer and said the assaults took place in 2017 and 2018.
"We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio's representatives," the Patriots said in a statement. "We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstances does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place."
Brown has denied the allegations, saying they had a consensual sexual relationship. Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, said Brown plans to countersue Taylor.
"On Antonio's situation, both Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I'm not going to be expanding on any of those. They are what they are. We've looked into the situation. We're taking it very seriously, all the way through the organization. I'm sure there are questions, but I'm not going to be entering a discussion about that today."
Brown could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list, although there is not currently a criminal investigation. It is unclear if Taylor has been in contact with police regarding the incidents, however, Andy Sheehan of KDKA-TV reported Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) district attorney Stephen Zappala said his office will investigate the allegations. Zappala's office has jurisdiction over the first of the three alleged assaults which Taylor said occurred in Brown's Pittsburgh home.
Taylor said she has been dealing with "near-daily panic attacks and suicidal ideations" as a result of the incidents.